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->''"[[WunzaPlot One's a baby, and the other's... black]]... I think. At least, part black. Or Hispanic. I think, you know, there's possibly some Filipino in there. Yeah, possibly some Filipino. I mean, if he's... if he's black, it's definitely diluted. I mean, one of his parents must be white... What the hell is Creator/JessicaAlba for that matter? If I was 40 years younger, I would plow that until next July..."''
-->-- '''Creator/DonLaFontaine''', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' on a spoof trailer from a movie starring Stewie and Wrestling/DwayneJohnson.

An ambiguously brown character is one with a skin tone that's definitely ''not'' Northern European, but it's not entirely clear what ethnicity they ''are'' supposed to be. It's used to avoid MonochromeCasting, but for some characters, you have no clue what ethnicity or race they are just by looking at them. Are they a [[ButNotTooBlack light-skinned Black person]]? [[LatinoIsBrown Latin American]]? UsefulNotes/{{Native American|s}}? UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}? Mediterranean? Arab? South or Southeast Asian? Polynesian? {{Mixed|Ancestry}}? Their facial features don't correspond to any particular race either, so we don't know. They're just...brown.

This can be especially confusing in animated works, where it may be unclear whether it's a true example of [[{{Mukokuseki}} a random and common appearance]], a non-specific visual shorthand the creators liked or perhaps a stylized attempt to actually portray a real ethnicity. Or even if the design is visually inspired by something totally different rather than having a basis in real life. The character in question is also usually the only person in the entire show with this appearance, making it especially strange.

Note this is generally a fandom issue and happens whether or not the debate is even relevant to the character. Expect a lot of assumptions of how ethnicities only look a particular way. You can pretty much give up all hope of identifying their backgrounds if they're in a fantasy world, especially one that goes light on [[FantasyCounterpartCulture recognizable cultural counterparts]]. If there are a large number of ambiguously brown people in a future world, then it's InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace.

You should understand that this isn't simply "brown skin equals ambiguous" but there are several qualifiers involved here, such as:

# The character or culture must have features that do not fit with the stereotypical appearance of whatever the most commonly depicted race is for the setting (i.e. White American for most WesternAnimation; Japanese for most anime--usually accomplished through brown skin).
# The character or culture must have no real life racial stereotype.
# The character or culture's nationality must not be based on a real life nationality (that would instead fall under FantasyCounterpartCulture).

Compare {{Mukokuseki}}: in principle {{anime}} characters are supposed to be "stateless". The DarkSkinnedBlond and DarkSkinnedRedhead will commonly fall under this as well. See also AmazingTechnicolorPopulation for a more colorful way of making you ask, "What ethnicity are they, anyway?" See also ButNotTooForeign, of which this is a sub-trope.

TruthInTelevision, since brown in its various shades is statistically the most common human skin color--and also because there are some "brown" people who are able to pass (sometimes just barely) for lighter colors, so if they change their names and don't emphasize that heritage, you might not ever get to know just what they are.

PlaysGreatEthnics is for when ''actors'' are Ambiguously Brown and can play a wide variety of ethnicities.

%%If you have time, please take time to put examples in alphabetical order. This page Administrivia/HowToAlphabetizeThings should help you with that.


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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** Casca has medium brown skin, straight black hair, and a face type that's pretty unclear about her origins. For years fans have been arguing with each other over whether she's supposed to be black, Arab, East Indian, Southern European, mixed, or just about any other real-life brown race you can think of. ''Berserk'' does have races in the story who resemble black Africans and South Asians, but Casca looks ambiguous enough that she can't be indisputably categorized with either. It's entirely possible that Creator/KentaroMiura just wanted to give her a unique appearance without having a particular intention about her race, since he hasn't commented on the issue. Making matters even more muddled, the ''Golden Age'' film trilogy and ''Anime/Berserk2016'' depict Casca's skin as a [[ButNotTooBlack much lighter shade of tan]] than in the manga, while making her hair dark brown or reddish-brown instead of black.
** Pippin is also ambiguously brown skinned like Casca but unlike her, Pippin has prominent lips suggesting he is of a different ethnicity and none of the adaptations change his skin tone. Corkus has notable darker skin in the 97 anime, but like Casca is whitened up the movies.
* The English version of ''Anime/BakuganBattleBrawlers'' has Julie Makimoto, a girl from EagleLand who has dark skin and white hair. While her build and face seem to imply African, when compared to Komba (who is ''confirmed'' African) and considering her last name is Japanese, it's surprisingly open to interpretation. In the original Japanese, she is Australian (implied to be Aboriginal) [[DubNameChange and her last name is Hayward]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Yoruichi, pictured above. [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] compromised on "dark-skinned" to end an Administrivia/EditWar over her ethnicity. It's not relevant to the story so it's never mentioned. She can transform into a black cat, so it's even debatable whether it's about artistic symbolism rather than ethnicity. One of the anime outros implies she's black but it's unlikely it was made with talk from the mangaka.
** In the anime, Mila-Rose is made very dark-skinned, as is her superior, Tier Harribel. In the manga, Mila-Rose is paler and Tier Harribel seems to be a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganguro ganguro]]. Of course, given that arrancars are humanoid amalgamations of souls, it may be debatable if they even technically ''have'' a race.
** Jackie Tristan is dark-skinned. Ethnicity isn't very important for most characters in the story, so hers is never discussed.
* Kojiro Hyuga/Mark Lenders from ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''. Spanish fans use to joke saying that Lenders was the first/only Japanese [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} Gypsy]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** Villetta Nu is from the Britannian Empire, but since it geographically covers not only the USA but all of Central and South America as well it could account for the wide variety of skin tones among its members.
** Dorothea Ernst is slightly darker than Villetta and is [[RedShirt killed off]] after only a few minutes of screen time.
** {{Da|rkSkinnedBlond}}lque in ''[[Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally Nightmare of Nunnally]]'' is from one of the numbered areas, but it's never revealed which one.
* In ''Anime/DeathParade'', Castra has dark brown skin and Ginti is noticeably darker than the rest of the cast as well. Neither are human like the others (they deal with the afterlife) and so like them they don't seem to have a particular race.
* ''Anime/DeltoraQuest'':
** Jasmine is described in the having sunbrown skin in the books and the anime surprisingly matches it especially [[https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTUhnyGfd5WzrpFq4p91wbwt8XLicyBUOsehgA7CT_IKM454XWZlA compared]] to the other characters). The exact reason why Jasmine's skin is like this is debatable, most likely is because she has lived outdoors for most of life or possiblely she inherited her pigment from her father as well as her [[AdaptationDyeJob green]] green hair which was no in the books.
** Doom the RebelLeader is described as tan skinned in the books and he's even [[https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQMF5U7G86aGCaq38-OQHrD2fKcXNDOP_kzLcfgDaiX1RlJvIJvzbQshiRT darker]] in the anime, easily more brown the every other character. Doom also has green hair [[StrongFamilyResemblance like]] Jasmine [[spoiler: two of the three obvious visual clues that Doom and Jasmine are actually related]].
* Heiji Hattori from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has a dark skin tone. Episode 221 specifically states he gets the skin color from his grandfather, so it's definitely real in-story. In #263. his girlfriend recognizes that a person in a mask is not him because his skin is too pale.
* Tom Tanaka from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' not only has noticeably darker skin than most characters but also has [[ImprobableHairstyle dreadlocks]], and this combined with his first name raise the possibility that he has some non-Japanese ancestry. That, or he's just really tanned and has odd style habits.
* Raven from ''LightNovel/EarlAndFairy'' is the HeroicBastard half-brother of a clearly white Ermine, meaning that he's half British, and his other half is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:a demon]]. His appearance is also used to show the discrimination obviously non-Anglo people in Victorian England faced.
* Raoh & Kaioh in the Toei adaptations of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' become this, in a case of AdaptationDyeJob gone UpToEleven (in the original manga and all non-Toei adaptations, both of them are white with silver hair).
* Rally Vincent in ''Manga/GunsmithCats''. Her mother was British and her father is either Indian or Pakistani, although his already very dark tone suggests South Indian heritage.
* A few characters in ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'' are Ambiguously White. Kuu and Hikari are [[PhenotypeStereotype blue-eyed blondes]] in a cast predominantly made up of dark-eyed brunettes. However, their names are still Japanese and nothing is noted in-series about their designs. The characters all name themselves, which explains their names, and they all have LaserGuidedAmnesia about their pasts. It's implied that the characters live in purgatory, which makes everything more ambiguous. Kuramori and Hyouko have dark hair and blue eyes as well, which might imply the characters are just {{Mukokuseki}} or might imply otherwise.
* Almost all the characters in ''Anime/HareGuu'' have dark skin. In fact lighter skin characters are a little rare in the series. {{Justified|Trope}} as it takes in a jungle, likely somewhere in south Asia. Oddly enough [[spoiler:Weda came from "the city"]], where Haré goes later and more or less everybody is white-ish. She still has the exact same appearance of the other inhabitants of the jungle. So... [[spoiler:that was some lucky choice for a place to be banished.]]
* Jan Valentine from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is pretty dark skinned. However, it becomes really ambiguous in light of his brother, who is whiter than this page background. Sir (Lady) Integra and Father Andersen are both DarkSkinnedBlond, though in the anime tv series, it is directly implied that Integra's mother is actually Indian, as she was both darker-skinned than her husband and wearing a sari in the family photo taken when Integra was a baby.
* [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Enrico Pucci]] from ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' looks black, but it's actually an important plot point that he's not. His parents are both white as snow. This is never commented on or explained.
* Goemon Ishikawa and Inspector Zenigata of ''Franchise/LupinIII'' went back and forth on this one in the early years.
** [[Characters/LupinIII Goemon]] was portrayed with tan skin early on for the original manga series and the pilot, had pale skin for the first TV series, and then went tan again for the first ''Lupin'' movie, ''Anime/TheMysteryOfMamo'', which was based on the original manga art. The second TV series returned to the pale tone, and he has kept it ever since. The argument would be because Goemon's nationality (Japanese) is the only one known of the gang and so it makes him stand out more ethnically. ''Except''...
** [[Characters/LupinIII Zenigata]] is also Japanese and was pale for the pilot, but got noticeably tan in the first TV series, the opposite of Goemon. He also has a slightly ruddy complexion in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', but since then, has also evened out to paler tones.
* Johann Trinity in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. Further complicated by the fact he's brown with dark hair, his brother is white with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]], and his sister is white and freckly with [[EvilRedHeads red hair]]. Probably explained by the fact that they're {{artificial human}}s.
* Kaolla Su from ''Manga/LoveHina''. Her origins aren't revealed until towards the final chapters ([[spoiler:she's from a fictional country on the International Date Line]]), but her appearance was actually relevant to a subplot involving Keitaro assuming she as from India (which she denied).
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** [[http://naruto.wikia.com/wiki/Kidomaru Kidomaru]]. On [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-comics-2007/634-1.jp the cover for Volume 24]], his skin is even darker than it is in the anime (despite it being almost completely white in the regular pages, but that's a frequent occurrence in manga). Later, several characters from the Cloud Village are shown to be ''unambiguously'' black.
** Also Kakuzu, the dark-skinned, CombatTentacles using Akatsuki member.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a few characters like this, though if you look at the original designs the "darkness" of some of the characters seem to come from the designers of the anime taking liberties.
** In the main cast, there's Usopp, who also has creamy brown skin, kinky black hair and drawn lips (which most characters lack), and Oda said that if the Straw Hats were from the real world he would be from Africa, so he is most likely intended to. The Spanish dub of ''One Piece'' had Usopp talking in a heavy Arabic accent, plus he was renamed as Usuf. However, Usopp's mother Banchina was very pale, and had an Italian name, whereas his father has similar features including drawn lips. Also, while he now has blond dreadlocks, he was shown when Shanks first recruited him to have curly black hair, so it's likely he dyed/bleached it. This might point to Ussop being biracial.
** There's also Robin as a borderline example, whose skin looks slightly darker than most of the other Straw Hats but looks slightly tanned at most. However, [[WordOfGod Oda stated in the SBS]] that if the straw hats lived in the real world Robin would be from ''Russia''. As of the TimeSkip, there isn't any Ambiguously Brown anymore. Her tanned skin is ''gone''.
** Zoro has highly [[https://media0.giphy.com/media/fq5YBsu5vE4mc/giphy-facebook_s.jpg?t=1 noticeable tan]] in the earlier anime and keeps this skin tone right up til the timeskip. Since Zoro nationality would be Japanese it's likely just a heavy tan like Robin.
** Before his death Brook fit this trope, and even as a skeleton he still has an [[FunnyAfro awesome afro]].
** Kuzan aka Aokiji is also distinctly brown and has pronounced lips like Usopp and in Funimation dub has a low voice like a Jazz singer. But since Kuzan is based off a famous Japanese actor, it's likely just an animator's decision.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': Redd Winduu was brown-skinned, but it is hard to tell what his race is supposed to be.
* Fakir in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' has tan skin and dark green (almost black!) hair, in a town that appears to be set in Germany. {{Fanon}} states he has some Middle-Eastern blood in him (because of his name and appearances), but the creator tends to dodge the subject when a question is asked about it.
* Akio and Anthy from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. Some believe that they're from India due to the forehead marking, though the fact that they may be [[spoiler:ancient gods or something very similar]] makes things moot.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'':
** Sailor Pluto has significantly darker skin than her comrades, (it's lightened somewhat in TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]). Though her ethnicity remains vague, Creator/NaokoTakeuchi quite obviously took inspiration for one of Pluto's artbook portraits from British-born Afro-Caribbean model Naomi Campbell [[http://shojopower.com/body-image-in-sailor-moon-skin-tone-edition/ modeling Chanel couture]]. Many fans consider her to have some Romani in her.
** Haruka's friend Elza Gray from the first anime. Her name would suggest her being of African American descent.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' has a cast of characters hail of very different countries and ethnicities. Good luck trying to ascertain the race of some of them, though. A good example is Chrysaor Krishna: he is from UsefulNotes/SriLanka, he is brown-skinned and white-haired.
* In ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''- technically, everyone is Japanese except for those explicitly designated as foreigners, but as part of the hip-hop style, there's a lot of darker skinned characters (often mooks) who often look black or Hispanic. In contrast, higher class characters have paler skin. Mugen looks Ambiguously Brown compared to the other main characters, which might be TruthInTelevision, since he's from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryukyu_Islands the Ryuku Islands]], and it's traditional to draw Okinawans darker, and there has for decades been contention about whether they are to be recognized as a racial minority or not, and in the time the show is set, the king of Ryukyu was still paying tribute to the emperors of Japan and China as a subject state.
* Master samurai Kambei & Gorobei from ''Anime/SamuraiSeven''. WordOfGod says that Kambei was originally intended to be deliberately distinctly African-looking in appearance but ended up being Southeast/Southwest Asian/Latin American. His original design was then used for Gorobei.
* Maria from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. She's an illegal immigrant, but her country of origin was never specified. It's possibly intentional, since the series has another character who's also a generic foreigner (of [[PhenotypeStereotype a different variety]]). Considering her brown skin color, Hispanicized real first name, illegal immigrant status, war-torn past, lack of formal education, and stereotypically genki personality, along with the fact that she's still supposed to be from "Asia", it is most likely that she is actually ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} Filipina]]'', which would make sense considering the historical relationship and geographical proximity between the Philippines and Japan.
* Pick a guy, any guy, from ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' (except Keiichirou, any of the aliens, and [[spoiler:the Blue Knight/Deep Blue]]). They're all incredibly tanned. What's more, Ryou's mother was ''white''.
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' is chock full of characters like this:
** DarkSkinnedBlond lead Loran has curious platinum hair that's sometimes drawn fairly straight, sometimes looking more like dreads. He doesn't really look like anything, but expect lots of jokes about "Black History Month" every February on /m/, anyway (it helps that he spends most of the first episode [[WholeCostumeReference dressed up as]] [[Film/DrivingMissDaisy Hoke]]).
** Guin Rhineford is fairly dark-skinned, too, but judging by his facial features and hair, he's probably just a white guy with a really deep tan.
** [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Meshy/Meshie/Miashe/Mia-Shay Kune/Kyuun]](/[[UnfortunateImplications Coo- whoah, let's not go with that romanization!]]) Is yet another DarkSkinnedBlonde, but her facial features are pretty "black"-looking (very prominent lips for an anime character, for one). Her hair and complexion, along with the fact that her very white, hick-ish father is a minor character suggests she's supposed to be a mulatto, though we never see her mom.
** The Moonrace is considerably whiter (a few Asians, too), but EvilChancellor Agrippa looks like he's supposed to be ButNotTooBlack. Justified for the Earth-based characters in that they're a result of millennia's worth of multiracial intermingling [[spoiler:following the Moonlight Butterfly apocalypse.]]
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' has Shakti Kareen. This particular ''Gundam'' actually features a good number of dark-skinned characters, but Shakti is a bit odd considering her mother is extremely white, living in a society (Zanscare) of predominantly white-skinned people. No explanation for this is ever given (her father is never shown).
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** Also Hiroto Honda/Tristan Taylor, Saruwatari/Kemo, and Ryota Kajiki/Mako Tsunami from [[Anime/YuGiOh the main series]].
** Yusei Fudo of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' is noticeably darker-skinned than everyone else, but not by much.
* Moonbay from ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'' is the only primary character with a much darker skin tone than everyone else.
* Kenji Harima from ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' has significantly darker skin than most of his classmates. Lara, from Class 2-D gets away with it due to being explicitly stated to be Mexican, though somehow she has a Russian accent in the English dub.
* Psy from ''Manga/{{Heroman}}'' seems to fit the BlackBestFriend and BlackAndNerdy tropes, has puffy hair, and lives in America but it's hard to tell. He might be Mexican, mixed, or African-American.
* Edrear from ''Manga/{{Bizenghast}}'' is Ambiguously Screentoned in the manga, but is given the same skintone as his siblings in official art.
* ''Words Worth'': Rita is the only dark skinned character shown to be in the Light Tribe [[spoiler: besides her mother, Sabrina]], and doubles as a DarkSkinnedBlond.
* Endemic in ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'', which is to be expected, considering the series takes place in a fictional version of South America. Atsuko Jackson is explicitly half-black and half-Japanese but we never know for sure what Michiko's racial makeup is. Both women appear to be Afro-Latina (for those to whom this isn't immediately obvious, there is an episode in which Michiko wears her hair natural), Michiko being more likely to be considered "Zambo"—as opposed to Atsuko's "Jambo"—and the racial demographics of the show are surprisingly accurately represented. Characters in the series tend to have a mish-mash of Portuguese (sometimes Spanish) and Japanese names, which is most likely a nod to the fact that Brazil has the largest Japanese population in the world barring Japan.
* In ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', we have Matthieu, Hilda and Gidget. Their skin colors are actually slightly different shades.
** ''Anime/EurekaSevenAO'' gives us Elena Peoples. AllThereInTheManual says she's from America [[spoiler: but there are hints that this isn't the case.]]
* Anime ([[RecursiveAdaptation and anime-based game]]) only Lucy Liberty of ''VideoGame/FZero [[AnimeOfTheGame Falcon Densetsu/GP Legend]]'' is this. She shares roughly the same skin color that Kate Alen has (who is black in the core games) in the series, but her hair color is a fairly pinkish shade of red.
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Lordgenome is noticeably more olive-toned than other human characters. His facial features and clothes suggest he's Middle Eastern, although this may just be the result of his NonstandardCharacterDesign, and when he was a child he looked ''[[StrongFamilyResemblance exactly]]'' like [[{{Moe}} his daughter Nia]]. There's also one recurring background member of Team Dai-Gurren (the wiki calls him "Old Coco") who is like this, although his skin tone is closer to a black person's than Lordgenome's is.
** Giha's [[{{UnfitForGreatness}} Village Chief]] (and also Kamina, [[{{ButNotTooWhite}} to a lesser degree]]) may also qualify as this, seeing as how he presumably grew up underground without sunlight, yet is suspiciously more tan-complected than the rest of the villagers.
* In ''Manga/VirginLove'', Daigo's mother is Japanese and his father is American. Though his father's ethnicity is never specified, both he and Daigo are ambiguously brown.
* Used deliberately in'' Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' to underscore Nadia's mysterious origins. Nadia's brown skin, straight hair, green eyes, and [[{{Mukokuseki}} "stateless" anime heroine looks]] all stand in marked contrast to the rest of the Nautilus' multinational crew, who all have recognizably European, African, Indian or Asian features. ([[spoiler:She's actually Atlantean.]])
* Claire Forrest from ''Anime/RedGarden'' is definitely one. Her race is really unclear, mostly because both she and her brother have darker skin tones, while her father doesn't. Also, her brother incidentally has blonde cornrows. Most fans assume that she is potentially bi-racial, as she's had that color since she was a child. To add to the debate, in a later episode Claire seems to get noticeably more upset and hesitant when she sees a picture of [[spoiler:the white man they have to kill standing next to his black wife]] although the reason could have more to do with her parents' past relationship than their races.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': It's never said whether [[http://www.animevice.com/jun-kubota/18-28546/all-images/84-197565/_large__animepaper_scans_variable_geo_sayonala009_0/83-258353/ Jun's complexion]] is her natural skin color, or a really deep tan. None of the others seem to find anything unusual about her appearance, even though she looks like a foreigner; including having GreenEyes.
* A significant number of people in the ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' manga, which (brownness and its ambiguity) makes sense given the setting, though Nightow switches to greyscale skintones for dramatic effect so often it's hard to tell what's significant.
* Kenta Nakamura from ''Manga/InitialD'' is fairly dark-skinned in the manga, anime, and video games. Nobody finds anything unusual about this, and his ethnicity isn't addressed even once. It's later revealed during ''Fourth Stage'' that [[SubvertedTrope he just likes to tan his skin regularly]].
* Aomine Daiki of ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke''. He's dark enough it can't just be [[HandWave explained away]] with him exercising outside a lot. Especially when he combines it with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]]. Momoi even calls him a ganguro once.
* In ''Anime/SummerWars,'' Kazuma is quite dark-skinned compared to the rest of the cast, including his own pale-skinned parents. He's also something of a {{Hikikomori}}, so his skin likely isn't just tan, which adds to the confusion.
* The people that TalkingBird Dela works for in ''Anime/TamakoMarket''. They live on what looks like a tropical island and is a monarchy, but the food Choi prepares in episode nine looks suspiciously Vietnamese.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Ymir in the anime is clearly a different ethnicity than most of the main cast, possessing olive-colored skin, freckles and straight black-brown hair in a cast that has mainly Northern European features. Despite this no one ever comments on it, even though earlier in the story Mikasa's half-Asian heritage was a minor plot point. In Ymir's case [[spoiler:this is a hint that she not only comes from beyond the Walls, but is in fact a Titan Shifter]]. The manga shows her with a skintone closer to the other characters.
** To a lesser degree, Bertolt Hoover as well. His complexion and hair are similar to Ymir's, with dark GreenEyes and a nose like a roman that make him rather unique compared to the others. [[spoiler: Like Ymir, it's also a hint that he's a Titan Shifter born outside the Walls]]. However, his name is about as German as one can get, rivaled only by Reiner Braun.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In the [[Characters/PokemonAnimeOriginalSeries original anime series]] Brock varies in color from light brown to dark brown. There's been a gag a few times where he dances in a sombrero and maracas, but most fans consider him Asian.
** Ash always had a skin tone was always slightly darker than other characters, though he's undeniably Japanese. Starting in Hoenn he's just barely lighter than Brock and has stayed that way since.
** Skyla is given a darker skin tone in the anime, however it's ambiguous if it's a tan or not.
** As in the games, there is Iris. Fans usually consider her either black or Native American, but there isn't much to go on besides her being darker than Ash.
** WordOfGod is that Tracey was designed to seem white and replace the more Asian-looking Brock. Despite this, Tracey has a Japanese name in the Japanese version and nothing in-series suggests he's a different ethnicity from any other Kanto character (who are most likely all Japanese bar Lt. Surge).
** The ''Sun and Moon'' anime has quite a few characters with varying skin tones, such as Professor Kukui, Kiawe, Mallow and Olivia. However, this is a subversion since Alola is a region based on the tropical Hawaii, characters with darker skin tones actually aren't out of place here at all.
* [[http://oreimo.wikia.com/wiki/Ria_Hagry Ria Hagry]] in ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'' has noticeably darker skin than most of the Japanese cast and is referred to only as "American", leaving her exact ethnicity uncertain.
* Tooru Mutsuki from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul :Re'' is brown-skinned, with a Japanese name and anime-typical features. An orphan, there is absolutely no information concerning his possible racial background leading to much theorizing.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', Titans' [[TheDragon second-in-command]] [[GeneralRipper Bask Om]] is a light tan that seems to get darker depending upon the lighting.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', [[TheBrute Rakan Dahkaran]] is darker skinned then the rest of the cast, and depending on the episode and the lighting ranges from tanned to almost black in skin colouration. When combined with his facial features he looks almost, but not quite Arabic.
* The whole Taiyou's school in ''Anime/Eyeshield21'' are Japanese with brown skin. Handwaved that since they live so close to the beach they surf a lot and fashion Ancient Egypt as the school's [[PlanetOfHats hats]].
* Dilandau is this in the manga version of ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne''. [[spoiler: Dilandau is also a female who stays female in the manga. In the anime Dilandau is a female who was kidnapped and turned into a male, and in the OVA, Dilandau is male from the start.]] In the anime version and the OVA, Dilandau is an EvilAlbino.
* In ''Manga/LaughingUnderTheClouds'', the Iga ninja have inexplicably darker skin that everyone else, even though it's set in suring the UsefulNotes/MeijiRestoration.

* Comedian Russell Peters once commented that we live in a multicultural society and that in a matter of time, there will be no black, white, or yellow people, but that everyone's going to be beige.

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* Western artist Kevin J. Taylor also loves this trope as colorized or not, there are only ''two'' racially distinct characters, Blue (White) and Jesse James (Black with tan-tipped dreadlocks.) His main character, Girl/Jaliera Dane, originally looked Pacific Islander, then possibly Mexican, then almost the complexion of DCAU ComicBook/LexLuthor during a cameo, and finally temporarily Indian for a special based on the Kama Sutra. Girl's friend, Jill is even ''more'' ambiguous as she's got green eyes, apparently natural orange-caramel skin, matching straight hair and while narrating her story, mentions the races of the men she's with without identifying herself with one or the other. Lastly, Marty (a girl) is similar to ComicBook/{{Storm}} with shorter, but still white hair.
* ComicBook/{{Storm}} herself began as this. The intent was to show her as a 'woman of the world' and she was drawn with a mixture of African, white and Asian features. But as the character explicitly hailed from Africa, she's counted as a black superhero, and is usually drawn as such these days. She has however been portrayed by half white, half black actresses in the live action films.
* Creator/DCComics's time-travelling hero Walker Gabriel, aka Chronos (not be confused with the villain of the same name) was adopted as a baby, and never knew his parents or his ethnic background, though he clearly wasn't white. He eventually met his father, who was Chinese, and learned that thanks to said father being a time traveler, his mother was an ancient Mayan.
* ''ComicBook/CaptureCreatures'' has Tamzen, one of the main protagonists of the series.
* [[BritishComics British girls' comic]] ''Nikki'' had a strip called ''The Comp'' about a GoodOldBritishComp, which featured a vaguely Asian-looking character named Aisha, whose ethnic background was never elaborated upon. The trope was abandoned when the strip moved to ''Bunty'', [[RaceLift who re-named the character Kiko and made her Japanese]].
* ComicBook/DallasBarr after his cosmetic surgery early on in the series.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Gen 13}}'', there's a running gag of sorts that nobody can guess what Sarah Rainmaker's ethnicity is when they first meet her. An entire issue during Adam Warren's run features Sarah in the background waiting for drinks at a bar, all while an idiot next to her tries to guess her background, getting further and further from it as he goes. (She's half American Indian.)
* ''ComicBook/GenerationX'' and ''ComicBook/XFactor'' member Monet is the daughter of a dark-skinned French father and mother of Algerian citizenship and indeterminate ethnicity. She is always depicted as brown-skinned, with the precise hue varying from issue to issue. Whenever it gets too light, there's an outcry that Marvel is trying to make her [[ButNotTooBlack "less black"]] for [[RaceLift nefarious purposes]], and when it gets too dark, there are cries that she was never black in the first place, but it was never stated that she is or isn't. She and her siblings (who are more consistently dark-skinned, the few times we see Emplate's human form) are most likely mixed, though colorists should settle on a tone and stick to it. Obvious FridgeLogic answer: Her healing factor causes her to both tan rapidly, and lose that tan when it's no longer needed.
* Also X-related, Bishop was long assumed to be African-American, even though his long straight hair didn't quite add up. This assumption carried well into the mid-2000's when the time-travelling mutant cameoed as a little boy in present-day New York in ''VideoGame/XMenLegends''. It wasn't until later that he was established as an Australian Aborigine (one can assume he learned to disguise his Aussie accent to avoid unwanted attention).
* Comicbook/JudgeDredd was originally designed to deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this. The artist who originally designed him, Carlos Ezquerra, drew him with thick lips to suggest some racial ambiguity, the idea being that Dredd would be TheFaceless to such an extent that even his ethnicity would be unknown to the readers. Unfortunately, he didn't tell every artist at ComicBook/TwoThousandAD his plan, so some of them drew him with European features, and some of them with African features, which, since the comic was drawn with outlines only and you could only see the bottom half of his face, no-one really noticed, and it was eventually decided that Dredd was white.
* ''ComicBook/PoetAndersonTheDreamWalker'' has Ayo. Her features could be read as hispanic and her name exists as African, Spanish, and Indian, though the Spanish definition of "tutor" and "guardian" fits with her role in the story.
* Alana and Marko from ''Comicbook/{{Saga}}'', in deliberate aversion of the [[HumansAreWhite Humanoids Are White]] trope. WordOfGod from Fiona Staples is that Marko and his family are supposed to be of Asian descent (or at least the [[RubberForeheadAliens Rubber Forehead Alien equivalent]]), and that she based his design off of various Japanese actors and male models. She also [[http://fionastaples.tumblr.com/post/83418015875/what-exactly-are-the-approximate-races-of-alana commented]] that people may not have been aware of this since she avoided the stereotypically exaggerated features associated with Asian people in most comics, which falls into RealityIsUnrealistic. Likewise, she claims she envisions Alana as mixed race with an Indian (again space equivalent) father, while her mother similarly qualifies but looks like a real-world person of African descent.
* ''ComicBook/TheSuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'' has three examples; Shocker (who WordOfGod states is white but really tanned), Beetle (who is [[MixedAncestry mixed race]] being half-black, half-Dominican), and Boomerang's girlfriend (who is [[spoiler: Black Cat in disguise, presumably including some kind of makeup]]).
* April O'Neil's race in ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage'' is a point of debate amongst fans. She was frequently depicted early on with a dark skin tone and her brown hair was curly, though explicitly permed instead of natural. Various artworks depict her with different skin tones and hair colors. Later she appeared un-ambiguously white. The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 1987 cartoon]] had her as a white, [[AdaptationDyeJob redheaded]] woman (which has been her default ever since), however it's unknown if she underwent a RaceLift or not.
* ComicBook/VandalSavage in the Comicbook/{{New 52}} is this. He has a crooked nose, ridiculously high cheekbones, and dark skin but perfectly straight hair. It makes sense his ethnicity would be hard to place since he's more like a cromagnon than any modern race.
* [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]], the second ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, once admitted that she didn't know her ethnicity; she looks Asian, her father is white, and she never knew her mother. Eventually it turns out that her mom is the Asian assassin ComicBook/LadyShiva.
* In the comic adaptation of Rush's Music/ClockworkAngels, the protagonist, Owen Hardy, is illustrated as... not white. He looks vaguely Polynesian or Southeast Asian most of the time.
* Kinju Dayal, the protagonist of ''ComicBook/{{Spiritus}}'', is of the DarkSkinnedBlonde variety.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
** Liz the veterinarian (now Jon Arbuckle's steady girlfriend) was implied to be East Asian in an early strip, with Jon, while sweet-talking her, insinuating that she looked Chinese. ("Haven't we met before...in a rice paddy in Hong Kong?") [[AbortedArc This was quickly dropped]]: Liz's last name was eventually revealed to be "Wilson", and on ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' she has what sounds like a Texas accent.
** Another early strip shows Jon on vacation in the South Pacific. He tries to sweet-talk a Polynesian-looking woman in a sarong by calling her "my little ''wahine''" (Hawaiian for "woman") and saying he assumes she lives in a grass hut. Without smiling, the woman responds, in perfect English, [[{{Fauxreigner}} "I'm a computer programmer from Cleveland."]]
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'': Michael's best friend Lawrence is eventually revealed to be the result of his mother's relationship with a dark-skinned man during an extended stay in Brazil. At first he was colored white/pink, but when society began accepting mixed-race people he got a tan.
* Brad's friend TJ in ''ComicStrip/{{Luann}}'' is this whenever the strips are colored. He never states where he's from, but implies he might be Mediterranean. TJ has since been revealed to be biracial: Italian and South American.
* Phil Jackson from ''ComicStrip/StoneSoup''. ''Probably'' black, but between his ethnicity having never been remarked on and the art style giving him the same facial features as everyone else (with brown skin), it's still up in the air.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/FromBajorToTheBlack'' Eleya's human Starfleet Academy roommate Jasmine "Jazz" Velasquez is pretty clearly multiracial, with brown skin, black hair, almond-shaped eyes, and a MultiEthnicName (Jasmine is Persian in origin, while Velasquez is Spanish or Latina). And then we get to the part where she's had family in uniform going back to UsefulNotes/{{the Revolutionary War}}, implying Jazz has white ancestors as well.
* In the Anime/{{Free}} fanfic Fanfic/{{Chlorine Grown Roses}}, one of Azusa's maids, named Anzu, is described as such; "Anzu had dark skin (Im not rasist or anything im just saiyng that she has dark skin!!)"
* The second chapter of Fanfic/EnterKenFinlayson sequel "Snickery When Damp" manages to use this trope without the individual in question actually appearing in person. Mrs. Finlayson is only identified as Afro-Eurasian and since "Afro-Eurasia" is the name of the collected landmass that is Africa, Europe and Asia that does not narrow down anything, which Heidi of course lampshades. Apparently that is the extent of the rest of the Finlayson family's knowledge and would they ever find out Mrs. Finlayson would kill the entire family, extending it to in-laws and the children of Ken's older half-sister Ulrica.
* In Humanized ''WeternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' fan art and fan fiction, it's common to portray Amethyst as a DarkSkinnedBlonde, if she doesn't dye her hair purple at least. Her ethnicity, when specified, has been anywhere from African to Hispanic. Jasper usually has dark skin as well (and vitiligo to maintain her striped appearance in canon), as does Lapis (who's often, but not always, Polynesian).
* In ''Fanfic/ASubtleKnife'', Jacob Rodrigo's name and "nut-brown" complexion imply he's a Latino, but his facial features are described as Oriental. Note that Jacob himself isn't very sure of his background due to amnesia.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The Greek muses from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''. Their musical numbers are reminiscent of {{Soul}} and GospelMusic and they are depicted with certain physical characteristics usually associated with black singers. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeoJktA1sEI Moreover, in the Disney Parade of Hercules, the women costumed as the Greek muses were black]].
* The Atlanteans from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' are deliberately designed to be an ethnical mish-mash, since they predate the various ethnicities. They have darker skin tones but caucasian facial features, as well as white hair. Some like Kida also have blue eyes.
* Wybie from ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' can come across as this. He's supposed to be black (or at least partly, it's not entirely clear) but the racial cues are harder to notice given the animation style. Alongside a blue-haired Coraline and blue-skinned Mr Bobinsky, it's easy to believe Wybie's an orange-skinned white boy with afro-textured hair.
* Prince Naveen from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' was deliberately designed to be this to avoid upsetting any minorities. Since he was going to marry the first black Disney princess it would either tell people Disney didn't believe in mixed race marriages or were cheating their fans out of a black prince. Henceforth he is a thoroughly ambiguous mish mash from his name, the native words he uses, his skin, his hair, his eyes, etc. When we see his parents at the end of the movie they both have white hair from age, but that doesn't offer much in the way of clues either.
* Minty Zaki, a minor racer in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', has skin that varies from a medium to darker brown, though not all merchandise and artwork are consistent with this (sometimes depicting her as light-skinned). It has been debated whether she's meant to be black, or if she's a darker-skinned Asian. In the Japanese release, [[RaceLift her skin is considerably lightened and she's altered to be a kimono-wearing Japanese girl]].
* Chris, the Master's girlfriend, is portrayed this way in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster''. Is she light-skinned black? Indigenous? Tanned?
* Esmeralda from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is a Roma and this is addressed multiple times in the movie itself. However, she has notably darker skin than the other members of her people, as well as green eyes which has been known to confuse viewers. Not helped by the fact that many people do not even know that Roma exist in real life or what their actual characteristics are.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/PowerRangers2017'': Trini was already given a RaceLift as her actor is Latina whereas her television counterpart's actor was Asian yet the character's full name is still "Trini Kwan". This is not mentioned in the dialogue but via WordOfGod which states that her father is named "Mr. Kwan". Making matters more confusing, Mr. Kwan is played by Canadian actor of Egyptian descent, Patrick Sabongui.
* While speaking perfect Norwegian and having Norwegian features is [[LittleMissBadass Kim]] from ''Film/{{Ulvesommer}}'' quite brown and does have non-Norwegian traits. This is never spoken about, her mother looks very [[SexyScandinavian Norwegian]], and the ethnicity of her dead father is never specified neither is he really seen except for an old looking photo which one doesn't really see his features in, but he grew up in Norway.
* In ''Film/SuperTroopers'', no one seems to know Arcot Ramathorn's ethnicity. People think he's either African-American, Mexican, or Arab-American. He is UsefulNotes/{{India}}n.
* Doctor Gonzo in ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' is either Samoan (what Thompson introduces him as) or Mexican (what everyone else mistakes him for). {{Justified|Trope}} in that he was based on a real Mexican-American attorney, who Thompson was using as a source for a story, and the whole point of going to Vegas was to keep quiet that he was talking to Thompson.
* Paxton in the first ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' film. Played by Mexican-American Jay Hernandez, the character's Ambiguously Brown status goes unremarked-on until he is about to be tortured to death (by someone who's paid a lot of money to torture and kill an American): "Look at me! I'm not a fucking American!" But then the torturer is shown Paxton's U.S. passport...
* Two characters in ''Satan Claus'', due to the extremely poor lighting, as one review pointed out (referring to them as "ambiguously ethnic").
* In ''Film/{{Ted}}'', Lori's ethnicity is never revealed. Her boss comments that it's ambiguous, hazarding "Baltic" and "Czech." Actress Creator/MilaKunis is from a Ukrainian Jewish family.
* The ''Film/GreenLantern'' movie has Hal's friend Thom as the TokenMinority among a largely white (human) cast. His actor, Creator/TaikaWaititi, is Maori and Jewish, and openly admitted he was cast because they wanted a non-white actor for the role but didn't want a BlackBestFriend. In the comics Thom is Inuit, but the movie keeps it deliberately ambiguous.
* In ''Film/IronMan3'', The Mandarin is of indeterminate but apparently Middle Eastern birth (played by the half-Indian Creator/BenKingsley). Further confused by his American South accent, Chinese name, and tactics similar to South American militants. This is in contrast to the Mandarin of the comics, who (as his name implies) is partly of Chinese descent. Perhaps surprisingly, the movie manages to make sense out of all this by the time it's over; basically, [[spoiler:he's merely an impersonator deliberately invoking a mishmash of various stereotypes about anti-American terrorists]].
* The character of Jimmy in ''Film/ThatThingYouDo'' is played by dark-skinned actor Jonathan Schaech, whose ancestry is mostly German and one-quarter Italian. Jimmy's full name is the very British-sounding "James Mattingly III" (his official credit on the rock album he and his band record), but Schaech made no attempt to lighten his skin tone for the role. Really makes you wonder about Mattingly's true ancestry, especially when A.M. White (Creator/TomHanks) orders Jimmy to record the title song in Spanish, causing Jimmy to become very peevish and sarcastic and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere unceremoniously quit the band]]. [[WildMassGuessing Hm]][[YouAreWhatYouHate mmm...]]
* ''Film/TheWarriors'': Deborah Van Valkenburgh, a slightly dark-skinned actress, plays Mercy, a girl who lives in the South Bronx (which is heavily Puerto Rican) and speaks in a voice not unlike that of Music/JenniferLopez. But since Mercy's surname never comes up in the script, there's no way to know where her family is from.
* ''Film/QuestForFire'': Ika and the Ivaka tribe cover their entire bodies in paint and have noticeably non-white features. Ika is played by Rae Dawn Chong, who is mixed raced. The director wanted the Ivaka to not conform to the appearance of any single race, in that they're a tribe of Cro-Magnons who predate modern ethnicities.
* ''Film/DearWhitePeople'': Creator/TessaThompson's Sam White gets this reaction repeatedly and resents it. Gabe goes so far as to accuse her of playing up a "Tragic Mulatto" front. Sam herself identifies unambiguously as black, and does not once question, deny, or attempt to hide her own blackness. In fact she gets accused of overcompensating due to this.

* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Literature/AmericanGods''. The undertakers Mr. Ibis (Thoth) and Mr. Jackal (Anubis) note that they can pass for "white" or "black" with their Egyptian looks. Shadow agrees that he's seen both "white" and "black" people who look like them. They also mention that they're seen as more and more unambiguously "black" over time, to the point that in the modern day most people don't think it's ambiguous at all. Shadow himself is mistaken for every ethnicity under the sun throughout the book, but you can ultimately figure out by various clues that he's half black, half Scandinavian (the author has said he pictures Dwayne Johnson as his dream casting, just to give you the idea).
* Queen Marisol from the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' licensed book "Literature/AnnaAndElsa: A Warm Welcome" comes from a warm country, has black hair, and has darker skin than Elsa. Her name being Spanish implies she is from a [[LatinoIsBrown Latin American]] [[FantasyCounterpartCulture inspired country]]. It is also possible she's Middle Eastern due to the names of others from her country.
* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/TheLivesOfChristopherChant'', Tacroy/Mordecai Roberts is described as having very curly light brown hair and light brown skin. He is later revealed [[spoiler:to come from a different world, and may not even really be human]].
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', the valet Axiel has brown-ish skin, and the only thing Ward knows about where he comes from is that his father brought him back from a war. [[spoiler: It later turns out that he's half-dwarf, and had his own reasons to stay in Hurog.]] Everyone else in Hurog is white, with blond, brown or reddish hair, or RavenHairIvorySkin.
* In ''Literature/LittleMen'' by Louisa May Alcott, the character Dan is described with black eyes, black hair, and, at several points where his skin is mentioned, brown skin. But it's unclear as to whether this is racial, tanned, or just dirty. Everyone else in the book seems to be white (several are specifically blond Germans) except for a Black cook[[note]] and, given some hints in the narrative, possibly another black character in the background[[/note]], but Dan just seems like the odd boy out.
* In ''Literature/LittleWomen'', the last chapter makes mention of a "merry little quadroon", who ''might'' be Dan. Then again, considering said quadroon acts ''nothing'' like the taciturn Dan, Alcott may have had a different boy in mind (possibly Nat, due to the child's "sweetest voice of all"), or she might have radically changed his characterization between books.
* In ''Literature/{{Friday}}'', the eponymous protagonist of the Creator/RobertAHeinlein novel, is some shade of brown. {{Justified|Trope}} in that she's an ''ArtificialHuman'', genetically engineered with genes from around the world. Her mentor even remarks that she couldn't be racist, as she'd be shooting herself in the foot.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** "Brown" Ben Plumm. He claims descent from every major ethnic group in the world, including Valyrian.
** Most people in Slaver's Bay count. The original Ghiscari were mostly wiped out by the Valyrians, and the modern Ghiscari are a mix of many different races.
** From the [[Literature/ArchmaesterGyldaynsHistories one of the prequels]], Nettles. All that's known about her is that she was dark-skinned, brown-eyed, and black-haired. It's believed that she had some Valyrian blood, but no one really knows where she came from.
* In Creator/VernorVinge's ''Literature/AFireUponTheDeep'', all humans living in the Beyond are said to descend from Nyjora, one of ancient Earth's colonies. They are all described as being black-haired and brown-skinned, but what cultural markers Nyjora has are ''Scandinavian''. Pham Nuwen's red hair and slanted eyes engender much comment, as he's obviously a different race.
** To the point where the protagonist actually accuses Pham Nuwen of being a created construct by the Old One rather than a real human being, since those two features are so rarely found together. The truth was a bit more complicated. [[spoiler: He is a real person, but much of his body was destroyed in the deep-space accident from which he was later revived. The Old One made up his hair from the DNA of another passenger who was killed at the same time... which is a bit of FridgeHorror when you realize that the red-haired woman was once his lover.]]
** Given that the Vikings are known to have considered foreign women hot & would import exotic-looking women, nothing that a Scandinavian-derived gene pool might produce ought to surprise terribly. It's actually rather curious that they don't have more variety now.
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/{{Hero}}'' by Creator/PerryMoore. Golden Boy is a speedster and sidekick to Silver Bullet (a [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]] {{expy}}); he grew up in an orphanage and he himself doesn't know what race he is. This has kept him from being adopted since "The blacks thought I was Hispanic, the Hispanics thought I was Arab, and the whites didn't want any questions." The patronizing nature of his codename isn't lost on him either, but Silver Bullet is the closest thing he has to a father, so he just goes with it.
* Creator/LarryNiven's Literature/KnownSpace series:
** Louis Wu is described as having (when he's not using cosmetic drugs that change his skin, hair, and eye colors), "black hair, brown eyes with no discernible slant and yellow-brown skin". By the year 2850, Ambiguously Brown has become the dominant natural skin-tone on Earth due to the fusion of all of the ethnic races.
** Two of Louis's parents (his genetic father, Carlos Wu, and his mother, Sharrol Janss) and his sister Tanya had similar coloration. Beowulf Schaeffer, his adoptive father (and the father of Louis' stepsister Jeena) was an albino. Jeena Wu had the same skin color as Louis, but was naturally blue-eyed and blonde-haired.
* The Erdlings in the ''Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy'' are darker-skinned, darker-haired, and "sturdier" compared to their willowy, pale Kindar counterparts. This is explained somewhat by the fact the only places the Erdlings are able to gather food are places where the tree cover has been cleared away, exposing them to direct sunlight (and a tan) whereas the Kindar are almost always shaded by the leaves of their tree-cities. In fact, an Erdling child living among the Kindar quickly loses the tan; as one Kindar reports to another, "Even her skin seems to be a more normal shade now."
* Johnny in ''Literature/TheOutsiders'', despite being played by Italian-American Ralph Macchio in [[TheFilmOfTheBook the movie]], has a "dark tan" and is too dark-skinned to look okay with blond hair. Some fans of the book consider Johnny to be Native American.
* Vlad Tepes's family in ''Literature/CountAndCountess''.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' [[TokenNonHuman Ax's]] human morph is described this way. He's a MixAndMatchMan derived from the four human Animorphs: [[StandardizedLeader Jake]] and [[DarkActionGirl Rachel]] (Jewish and white), [[TheHeart Cassie]] (black) and [[DeadpanSnarker Marco]] (Hispanic).
* The BigBad of ''Literature/TheStand'', Randall Flagg, is able to mix with terrorists of every colour to further his agendas, from the Ku Klux Klan to the Symbionese Liberation Army ('no one disputed his claim to be a black man, although his skin was very light'). Given [[EvilSorceror who he is]], he could just be hypnotising people, but in any case his appearance is kept vague, and he really could be of any race.
* The Kabra family in ''Literature/The39Clues'' is described as having dark skin. London's large population of Indian-Brits may make the skin color of Ian and Natalie, the children, less ambiguous, but that doesn't explain why their mother (whose maiden name was [[spoiler: Vesper-Hollingsworth]], which doesn't hint at anything) also has "coffee-colored" skin.
* The skin tones and facial features of Billy Slade, from Simon Hawke's ''Wizard'' novels, incorporate such an ambiguous blend of ethnic traits that he could well have a bit of ''any'' race in his ancestry. Having been orphaned young, he doesn't even know what ethnic group(s) his parents might've resembled; the one thing known for sure is that there's a bit of [[spoiler: Celt and Old One]] in him, by way of [[spoiler: being Merlin's and Nimue's last descendent]].
* Heathcliff in ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' is described as dark-skinned and probably {{UsefulNotes/Romani}}, but it's stated that seemingly no one knows his ethnicity really. A recent film cast Heathcliff as a black man.
* In Craig Shaw Gardner's novelization of Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989), Harvey Dent is described as having "brown skin," with absolutely nothing else said about his appearance. You have to [[AllThereInTheManual watch the movie itself]] to confirm that Dent is being played by the African-American actor Billy Dee Williams.
* Trillian in ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' is "darkish", with brown eyes and black hair. On-screen, she's always been played by white actresses.
-->With her red head scarf knotted in that particular way and her long flowing silky brown dress she looked vaguely Arabic.
* In ''Literature/ColdMountain'' (the book only), Ruby, a homeless woman of Tennessee, is described as being dark-skinned, with a broad nose and hair the texture of a horse's mane. Whether this is due to mixed racial heritage, or simply her rough outdoors life, is up to interpretation. The film cast Creator/ReneeZellweger, a white woman, in the role.
* It's implied that all three teenagers in ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'' are nonwhite, but only Semi gets more detail - she has Jamaican ancestry. Miranda is "brown", and there are no hints with Arnie. Semi always notes when she sees someone for the first time if they are white, and doesn't do this meeting them.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, several fairies have brown skin of differing tones.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has a reaction something like this when he sees a picture of Dumbledore's mother Kendra. The narration comments that he thinks she looks a little Native American. Bear in mind her children are described as having blonde or auburn hair.
* Rose Hathaway from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', is described as naturally tan and black-haired. Her father is Turkish, which explains where she got her looks from.
* In ''Literature/TheFirstLaw Series'':
** The magus Bayaz's servant Yoru Sulfur is described by another character as having a somewhat ethnically ambiguous appearance, being darker skinned than is the norm for someone in the Union (a European FantasyCounterpartCulture) but lighter than people from the neighboring Gurkhal (TheEmpire, home to people of Arabic and African appearance). This ties into Sulfur's blandly pleasant manner and blandly pleasant features that make him TheNondescript, able to fit in everywhere. It's implied that the ambiguity relates to the fact that like his master, Sulfur is Really700YearsOld, and thus came from a culture which no longer exists.
** Temple, one of the main protagonists of ''Literature/RedCountry'' is darker skinned than most of the cast and other characters wonder (sometimes offensively) at his ethnicity. At one point, Temple asserts that he's the SonOfAWhore and that his mother was Dagoskan (which evokes both India under the British Raj and Constantinople) and his father was a Styrian (a stand in for Italy during UsefulNotes/TheCityStateEra) mercenary.
* Suzanne Collins has stated that we're so far in the future that racial mixing has blurred any categories that might exist today in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. She refuses to elaborate on what modern races the characters would be categorized as. Katniss herself has olive skin and straight black hair, in contrast to her blonde-haired and blue-eyed mother and sister. Rue and Thresh have "dark skin."
* Similar to ''The Hunger Games'' example above, ''Literature/JulianComstock'', which is set in a post-apocalyptic 22nd century America, never explicitly gives the racial background of any character, but instead simply describes physical characteristics. Julian himself, who is blond, blue-eyed and pale is probably what we would nowadays consider white, as are his mother and EvilUncle. Another character, Marcus Sedgewick, is described as having very dark skin and tightly curled black hair, and would probably be considered black in the 21st Century. However, everyone else is more ambiguous, the narrator [[SupportingProtagonist Adam]] is paler than Marcus and darker than Julian and has curled hair, suggesting a biracial background, however his sister was a natural blonde; meanwhile Calyxa, his wife, has hair like Marcus, but also has "pink" skin, and probably has some Quebecois ancestry being a native French speaker from Montreal.
* Fiyero from ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' is described as having dark skin and being covered in blue tattoos.
* The norm in the far future setting of ''Literature/StarshipsMage'', but especially true for the aristocratic Mage Caste that originates on Mars.
* The skin of the Literature/{{Paratime}} race seems to be light shades of brown allowing them to 'pass' in many cultures and timelines.
* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', several characters are noted as black, but most seem to be some unspecified shade of brown, as the Nomatsi people are easily recognizable by their pale skin.
* Most of the cast of ''Literature/TheReader2016'' falls under this, their skin described with words like "tan", "copper", "honey", "dark", or "black". This is justified, though, since Kelanna is a fictional world with no real-world equivalents to nations where such characters would come from, and no one group is signified as coming from a specific island or kingdom in the book.
* The title character of ''Literature/KateDaniels'' is described as looking somewhat ethnically ambiguous, with dark hair and light brown skin that makes her look somewhat Roma, but not lining up completely. Her mother was Russian, but her father is Roland [[spoiler: real name Nimrod]], an immortal Middle-Eastern sorcerer-king who hails from an ethnicity that no longer exists[[note]]Nimrod's empire fell before most recorded history, but is indicated to have been in the same general region as the later Sumerian and Babylonian nations[[/note]]. When Roland finally shows up in person later in the series, he's also described as having an ambiguous appearance that makes him look like he could pass for a local in any number of countries, from Latin America to North Africa to his native Mesopotamia.
* One of the more common clues that someone in Franchise/TheCosmere books might be a [[DimensionalTraveler worldhopper]] is when none of the characters can figure out what ethnicity he (or she) is supposed to be.
* Brandon Nichols from ''Literature/TheVisitation'' is described as looking Middle Eastern, or Mediterranean, or Hispanic, or Native American. [[spoiler: Nichols is actually Justin Cantwell, who has Hispanic ancestry on his mother's side. The [[DeadPersonImpersonation real Brandon Nichols]] was Native American.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

* Deke from ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls''. His race is never mentioned in the series at all, leaving us to wonder if this was on purpose or just didn't seem important. WordOfGod has not spoken on the subject yet.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Carmen Chao, a rival reporter to Avery. Her actress, Vanessa Minnillo, at least is Filipino on her mother's side and Irish/Italian on her father's side
-->'''Jack:''' Carmen Chao is ''relentless'', like a bloodhound. Perhaps literally. We still don't know her genetic background.
-->'''Jack:''' She's very sneaky, which isn't racist since we don't know what she is.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''
** Skye is played by the half-white, half-Chinese Chloe Bennett, but went through the first season without clarifying her ethnicity (one episode states that she was found in the Hunan province as a baby, but it's far from confirmation - the same episode starts casting doubts on [[spoiler:whether she's even human]]). This led to some controversy during the first season where some critics of the show's [[MonochromeCasting admittedly white-dominated cast]] refused to see Bennett's real-world ethnicity as relevant until there was explicit in-universe confirmation that Skye shared it, leading some other people to accuse them of whitewashing. The second season eventually confirms that Skye shares Bennett's ethnicity, showing that her parents were a white dad and Chinese mom; though with the twist that Skye has some [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/TheInhumans Inhuman]]]] ancestry that Bennett obviously doesn't share.
** Reina is another example. While her appearance and accent suggest that she's a light-skinned African-American, she spent much of her early life in Asia and we know [[MysteriousWoman next to nothing about her]]. Actress Ruth Negga is Irish and Ethiopian, but Reina's background is still a mystery except that [[spoiler: she's at least partially [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Inhuman]] like Skye]].
* ''Series/AngerManagement'': Lacey, one of the characters on the TV series, is a light-skinned Asian-Indian - as is the actress who plays her, despite having a vaguely German- or Dutch-sounding surname (the actress ''is'' Punjabi, one of the lighter-skinned Indian nationalities). One of the other group-therapy members, who is quite the redneck, dislikes her because she looks like an Arab to him. Many viewers seeing her for the first time will probably just think she's a white brunette (Italian or Jewish, say).
* Slade Wilson from ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' was {{Race Lift}}ed from white in the comics to this. He's from Australia and the actor who plays him is half-Māori, but other than that we have no clue what his ethnicity is.
* Zan from ''Series/{{Atlanta}}''. Nobody knows what he is, and the other characters speculate that he might be anything from Indian to Dominican to half-black, half-Asian.
* Luis Avalos, "Roberto" from Series/TheElectricCompany1971, somehow wound up playing an Arab suitor to Gretchen Kraus on ''Series/{{Benson}}''.
* ''Series/BlackIsh'':
** Rainbow has a white father and an African-American mother, and mentions in one episode that she stole a scholarship from a Polynesian student because she can easily pass for Samoan.
** In another episode, Zoey is chosen for an international-themed ad for the fictitious holiday "Daddy Day," because the ad executives think she looks ambiguous enough to appeal to all racial demographics. When she refuses to do the commercial, the role goes to her friend Maya, who the execs similarly think looks ambiguous enough to fit the ad. In real life, Yara Shahidi (Zoey) is half-black and half-Iranian, while Creator/ZendayaColeman (Maya) is half-black and half-white.
* Ilana Glazer from ''Series/BroadCity'' is described as Jewish, but gives no further indication of her ethnicity. The show take place in New York City so she could plausibly be any Jewish/mixed race. Later episodes show that both her parents are white.
* Spy series ''Series/BurnNotice'': did this intentionally by casting the bi-racial Coby Bell as SixthRanger Jesse. The show's creators saw the ambiguous race as a plus for the character of Jesse, as it would allow Jesse to go undercover as different ethnicities and make it easier for him to infiltrate different groups.
* Phoebe in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' has notably darker skin that her sisters Prue and Piper and half-sister Page. The character is played by Italian-American actress Alyssa Milano. This is never acknowledged in the series, though.
* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' had a whole episode revolving around this trope, wherein one of the kids got a new teacher who asked her pupils to guess her ethnicity. [[spoiler:It was a mix of several: African-American, one specific European nation, and one specific Native American tribe]]. While she obviously had much fun with her own ambiguity, Cliff also told a story about a boy he knew, who got upset with everyone wondering about his ethnicity, and one day decided just to answer every inquiring with: [[DeadpanSnarker "I am an]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arachne Arachne."]]
* ''Series/{{Covert Affairs}}'': Lampshaded slightly in reference to Jai (played by Chicago native of Indian descent Sendhil Ramamurthy): his father is white and his mother's ethnicity has not been elaborated upon, and Annie's sister calls him "the Creator/GeorgeClooney of...wherever he's from!"
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'':
** ''Series/Daredevil2015'': [[ComicBook/{{Elektra}} Elektra Natchios]] in the comics was Greek in origin. However, in ''Daredevil'' and ''The Defenders'', she is played by Creator/ElodieYung, who is French-Cambodian. Eventually, it's revealed that Elektra is Greek by adoption, and like her actress, has Asian ancestry.
** ''Series/IronFist2017'': Bakuto has a Japanese-sounding name, but Ramon Rodriguez, who plays him, is a Puerto Rican. In one episode, he mentions that his childhood boogeyman was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sack_Man the Sack Man]], which implies Latino or Brazilian heritage. It's worth noting that in the comics, Bakuto ran a South American faction of the Hand.
* ''Series/DaVincisDemons'': Zoroaster is [[MixedAncestry half-Italian, and half... something]]. Whatever this other heritage is, it makes him noticeably darker than his fellow Florentines. It's relatively common for people to presume that he's part-Arab.
* Eric Andre from ''Series/TheEricAndreShow'' is the child of a Haitian father and an Ashkenazi Jewish mother. He's stated that because of this mix, he is often mistaken for Puerto Rican or other Latino nationalities.
* ''Series/FlightOfTheConchords'': The Jemaine of the series is part Maori, just as the the real-life Jemaine Clement. This gets confirmed late in season 2; prior to that viewers simply get exchanges like this:
-->'''Police officer''' (describing Jemaine): About 6'1, 6'2, Caucasian?
-->'''Bret:''' Eh...He's from New Zealand.
* ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' points out (in song) how Princess Isabella is "ethnically hard to pin down". This may have something to do with how both her parents are clearly white while her cousin Harry has darker skin. She's also the princess of the Mediterranean-sounding kingdom of Valencia, and her full name is Isabella Maria Lucia Elizabetta, which certainly ''sounds'' Italian. Given Sicily's history with anyone bordering the Mediterranean, someone with very dark skin compared to mainland Italy isn't actually all that unusual. Meanwhile, her cousin's kingdom is styled more like Eastern Europe and the Middle-East. Her actor, Karen David, was born in India, with what she describes as "Chinese, Indian and a sliver of Jewish heritage".
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_uCnFFyMh9UE/THf8XGOCdKI/AAAAAAAACW4/-sWggtUs-k0/s1600/GLEE+-+NAYA+RIVERA+AS+SANTANA.jpg Santana]] is this initially, though she later confirms that she is Hispanic. Other characters aren't as sure, like Sue who says to her "I'm still not certain on what your ethnicity is." Her actress, Creator/NayaRivera, is half Puerto Rican, quarter German, and quarter African American.
** Puck is this as well. It's {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when Lauren says that she was initially attracted to him for this reason, and was disappointed to learn he's just a tanned white guy.
* Creator/RashidaJones is of black and Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, and her ambiguous appearance has been lampshaded of her character on both ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' and its "sister show" ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''.
** In ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', Jones' character Karen Filippelli has an Italian last name (and admits to Italian ancestry), but the character also speaks some French and Chinese and it's also speculated whether she might have Filipino ancestry. At one point, Michael tactlessly tells her she looks very exotic and inquires whether her father was a G.I.
** In ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', the season 4 finale has it commented of Jones' character Ann Perkins, "I’ve said this to you before and I know it makes you uncomfortable, but you’re thoughtful and you’re brilliant and your ambiguous ethnic blend perfectly represents the dream of the American melting pot." There's also an earlier episode where Tom (Creator/AzizAnsari) tries to set up a dirty joke by asking if Ann has any Indian in her.
* Kako in ''Series/{{Oobi}}''. All of the characters are literal bare-hand puppets, so it's difficult to tell. His parents look and sound African-American, but he uses Spanish phrases constantly.
* Creator/KeeganMichaelKey of ''Series/KeyAndPeele''. He is half-black and half-white, but looks ambiguous enough that he sometimes plays Latino, Indian, and Middle-Eastern characters. Interestingly, Creator/JordanPeele has the same ethnic background as his costar, but Peele has slightly darker skin, so he tends to just play Black characters.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' beat ''Burn Notice'' to the punch with [[http://www.popgeezer.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/leverage_gina-bellman-1_ph-michael-muller.jpg Sophie Devereaux.]] Sophie in British, but as a con woman has convincingly portrayed multiple characters from around the world. Her actress, Gina Bellman, is of Russian and Polish descent.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Nora and Nate. [[spoiler: The former is canonically Latina, as revealed in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E6SexAndDrugs Sex and Drugs]]". The latter is revealed in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E5SoulTrain Soul Train]]" to have a (half) black father played by Giancarlo Esposito and a white mother]].
* Lampshaded in ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'' at Chanel #2's funeral where Chanel #5 says it's a shame that they never found out what ethnicity she is - as she was the only non-white blonde in the GirlPosse. Her actress Creator/Ariana Grande is of Italian descent.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': Parodied in the season 9 episode "The Wizard". Elaine has a new boyfriend who Jerry thinks is black, even though the actor playing him is pretty lightly-skinned. Elaine spends the episode trying to figure out his race and gets pretty conflicting answers, but concludes he is black when he says [[spoiler:that they are an interracial couple]]. In the end of the episode when Elaine tells him she thinks he's black, the boyfriend reveals [[spoiler:he thought Elaine was Hispanic. Realizing they're both a couple of white people and not an interracial couple, they decide to take a trip to The Gap.]]
* ''Series/ShakeItUp'': Eventually subverted. Rocky and Ty Blue seem to be ambiguously brown for the entire first season (both of their actors are mixed race), until their mother is revealed to be black and their father is revealed to be mixed.
* Naevia from ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand''. The original actress Lesley Ann Brandt is Cape Coloured of Indian descent. When she exits the show she is replaced with Cynthia Addai Robinson, who is half Black (Ghanaian) half White. Suffice to say, Naevia's ethnic background is completely unknown and was never specified or referenced.
* According to WordOfGod, Julian Bashir from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' was intended to be of no obvious ethnicity, although of course his surname is Arabic. The actor Alexander Siddig is of Sudanese and English descent, raised in London. When Bashir's parents appear in one episode, his mother Amsha was played by Fadwa El Guindi (Egyptian) and his father Richard by Brian George (of Iraqi Jewish descent).
* ''Series/That70sShow'': [[RunningGag Where was Fez from again]]? His actor, Wilmer Valderrama, is of Colombian and Venezuelan descent.
* ''Series/{{Trauma}}'' hangs kind of a weird lampshade on this one in an episode concerning the ethnicity of Cliff Curtis' character, Rabbit. [[note]]Curtis himself is Maori.[[/note]]
-->'''Marisa:''' My cousin saw you on the news and she thinks you're super hot. And Mexican.\\
'''Rabbit:''' Not Mexican.\\
'''Marisa:''' He's not Mexican. (On the phone) Ugh, don't make me ask him that. (Back to Rabbit.) OK, so what are you then?\\
'''Rabbit:''' I'm, uh, not going tonight.
** In a later episode his father is also Ambiguously Brown while Rabbit as a child (flashback) looks more Ambiguously White. Go figure.
** Cliff Curtis is famous for playing a wide range of ethnicities. He's been Maori (his actual ethnicity), Mexican (''Training Day''), Colombian (''Blow''), Iraqi (''Three Kings''), Cuban (''Runaway Jury''), Afro-Hispanic (''Die Hard 4.0'') and ambiguous (''Sunshine''), to name a few.
* Tracey from ''Series/TruthBeTold'' is ethnically ambiguous to everyone, even her own husband. She's at least part Filipino, having referred to a grandmother living in the Philippines.
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'': Beck - [[Creator/AvanJogia his actor]]'s of Indian descent, cultivating a "[[TroubledButCute bad boy]]" image at an arts magnet school averts [[BollywoodNerd the stereotype]] without ever mentioning it and the only background mentioned in the show of his ethnicity is that [[ActorAllusion he's Canadian]].
* ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'':
** Montez. There's even a joke in one episode where he accuses some of his coworkers of discriminating against him because he's black, and they act as though they are genuinely unaware of what race he belongs to. In real life, Montez's actor, Erik Griffin, has a stand-up routine about how nobody can seem to identify his ethnicity.
** There's an episode where Adam and Blake have a crush on the same woman, with Adam thinking she's black and Blake thinking she's Asian. They awkwardly try to trick her into revealing her ethnicity until she explains that she's both; she has a black father and a Filipino mother.

* Done unintentionally in ''Pinball/{{Centigrade 37}};'' depending on lighting conditions and the condition of the wood table, the two blonde white women on the playfield might end up with medium-brown skin and light blonde hair.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/DwayneJohnson (The Rock) is half Black Canadian and half American Samoan; his maternal grandfather was in fact the High Chief of the Samoan people. Amusingly, he has portrayed white characters in the course of his acting career. To make it even more confusing, The Rock's childhood background saw him living in New Zealand, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania, before playing college football in Miami, Florida, where he was billed from during his WWE career.
* Wrestling/{{Batista}} (Dave Bautista) is half Filipino and half Greek, but was often mistaken for Latino because of his Spanish ring name and last name, which led to him being unexpectedly popular in Mexico and put in an angle with Wrestling/EddieGuerrero to capitalize on it (the Philippines and Mexico were both colonized by Spain, leading to many cultural similarities including surnames). He was born and raised in Washington D.C. and still lives there today. Just to confuse the issue even further, he also has an East Asian dragon tattoo on his back and speaks with a standard Washington D.C. accent.
* Wrestling/PerrySaturn is so tanned (especially in his Radicalz period) that in the videogame WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role, the programmers made him black by mistake. Saturn is of Italian and Greek heritage.
* Wrestling/AJLee (April Mendez) is Puerto Rican, but she looks like she could just as easily be Chinese, Japanese, Indian (either Hindi or Native American), Middle Eastern, or a Pacific Islander. It's a bit of FridgeBrilliance that her TV surname, Lee, is extremely common worldwide and can belong to people of almost any race. What's more is her character is that of a HollywoodNerd, which would usually go to a white person.
* Wrestling/CandiceMichelle is sometimes mistaken for a light-skinned black woman, but she's actually mixed white and Costa Rican.
* Homicide is frequently mistaken for Black. (well, [[Wrestling/CarlitoColon black Puerto Ricans aren't too uncommon]] but apparently Homicide is not one of them). The same can be said for Wrestling/TheaTrinidad, who is pretty dark herself.
* Wrestling/{{M|elina}}[[Wrestling/JohnMorrison N]]M due to disgustingly fake tanning. Well, Melina didn't look quite so bad on her own, but Mercury and Nitro did and the flaws in whatever she was using became readily apparent when all three were together. Morrison would later become MrFanservice when he started tanning in a less fake way [[IHatePastMe and then would travel back in time to tease Johnny Nitro about it]].
* Former WWE Diva Wrestling/KarleePerez has a very ambiguous appearance, as her complete list of ethnicities include Spanish, Chinese, Cuban, Italian, Hawaiian and English. She was given an exotic sounding name 'Liviana' in developmental, but then given the Anglo name Maxine. As such her character had elements of a SpicyLatina, but she was still presented as somewhat Anglo (probably because of LatinoIsBrown). She performs in {{Brownface}} in ''Wrestling/LuchaUnderground'' to portray the possibly Mexican Catrina.
* Wrestling/SashaBanks has her ethnicity constantly in question. She is of German and African descent, with a little bit of Hispanic in there somewhere. Her character 'The Boss' leaned towards a black ghetto girl, but she was originally a DarkSkinnedBlonde before eventually dyeing the hair pink.
* ''[=SmackDown=]'' commentator Wrestling/{{Tazz}}, who was Italian-American, was often mistaken for a light-skinned black man by viewers because of his unusually brown complexion. His also having a shaved head and wearing CoolShades didn't help matters.
* Invoked by management when it comes to supermodel Natalie Nelson. She's Mexican-Italian and was given the stage name Wrestling/EvaMarie - and had her hair changed from brown to red (though they wanted her to be blonde initially but she opted for red).
* Wrestling/SethRollins gets assumed to be Latino a lot- he was even explicitly asked his ethnicity in a magazine interview. This is due to a combination of his naturally dark complexion [he's part Armenian], tanning, and his real-life surname being Lopez. His adoptive father actually *is* Mexican-American, hence the surname.
* Nhooph Al-Areebi, who is of Arab descent, initially looked as if she was going to play up her heritage - wrestling on live events in ring attire that resembled a BedlahBabe outfit (and using her indie ring name 'Jasmin') as well as dyeing her hair black. By the time she made it to TV, the hair was back to light brown and she had adopted the ring name Aliyah. The name is Middle-Eastern in origin but has been used for black, Latina and Jewish girls as well.

* UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts fighter Brendan "Big Brown" Schaub is often mistaken for a mixed-race black man. When a cast mate on ''The Ultimate Fighter'' began making racist statements, all of the black cast members approached Schaub for support, telling him, "He's insulting our people!" In reality, Schaub has entirely European ancestry.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has the perk "Passing Complexion".
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has had human cultures so well mixed that a tanned redhead calling herself "Rabbi Martinez" doesn't even bat an eye.
* It's not easy to notice at first, but many of the people shown in the artwork of ''TabletopGames/{{Numenera}}'' have traits from multiple ethnicities (this is certainly true of the ones in the cover art, at the bare minimum). Like ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' above and ''Franchise/MassEffect'' down in the Video Game examples; this is due to humanity having co-mingled enough that they are now a single ethnicity. Of course; why humanity still exists in a recognisable form after a billion years and the falls of eight eons-long civilisations (the last few of which weren't human at all) is one of the setting's greatest mysteries which kind-of makes the whole 'ethnicity' thing a moot point. And this is before you factor in mutations, genetic modification, encounters with crazy nanites, etc.
* Postmortem Studios' ''Privilege Check'' has a card for "Proud Brown Person," bearing the flavour text, "Guess my race. Guess wrong and I will guilt trip you into the stone age." There are, in fact, more offensive cards.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': DependingOnTheWriter, the Salamanders Chapter have skin tones that are brown to black (as in RealLife) or jet-black skin that would never occur naturally.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' iconic character Regdar was reportedly designed to be this in early artwork, with Monte Cook claiming he saw him as native American. Later artwork just drew him as a white guy.

* In the ''Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection'' of dolls, none of the "tan" Just Like You dolls are given a specific race, and can generally be whatever the purchaser chooses. The tan dolls now actually have more facial diversity than the light ones. Sometimes this happens with the dolls that are given a specific race. For example, the face template used for the Girl of the Year doll Sonali, who is Indian, is not too different from the template for Addy, who is African-American.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', the vast majority of human characters are ambiguously brown. There are some exceptions, such as African-descended Jacob, Japanese Kasumi, and Hispanic James and Steve. Specialist Traynor is implied to be Indian due to some comments made in the Citadel DLC.. Everyone else's background is debatable. ExpandedUniverse material states that InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace, as globalization in the 21st and 22nd centuries broke down social barriers between races.
* Alyx in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' is practically impossible to pin down at first. Shortly after meeting her, you learn that her father is black and a picture in his lab shows her mother to possibly be Asian (her name is "Azian"). Note that like most (all?) main characters, Alyx's face was modeled after a real person. Alyx's voice actress was born in Japan, to a black American father, and a Japanese mother. So they gave the character roughly the same background.
* Chell of ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' has a tanned skin tone, dark hair and blue-gray eyes, and given that she never speaks no concrete word on her ethnicity is ever given. The person she was modeled after, Alesia Glidewell, is of Brazilian and Japanese descent. In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' she's gotten lighter ([[ProgressivelyPrettier and noticeably younger]]) for some reason.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Xemnas/Xehanort/"Ansem" ([[spoiler:actually Xehanort's Heartless]]), all three being [[ItsALongStory permutations of the same man]], who is [[WhiteHairBlackHeart White Haired And Black Hearted]] with orange/brown/it varies eyes and dark skin. Xehanort himself is a result of [[spoiler:Terra's body being stolen by the original Xehanort]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. Both the original Xehanort and Terra had brown skin (although Xehanort's was darker), and besides the fact that Terra was constantly tempted by darkness, he was a good guy at heart, negating the UnfortunateImplications of having the two dark skinned characters be associated with evil. In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' they explain that the DarkSkinnedBlond effect is a result of traveling between worlds without adequate protection.
** Probably more coincidence than intentional, but the two main monsters of the games, the Nobodies and the Heartless, are white and black, respectively. Xehanort's Heartless is noticeably darker than Xemnas.
* Kiesha Phillips of ''VideoGame/BackyardSports''. Unlike, say, Ernie, you cannot tell if Kiesha is African-American or not.
* The SCV driver from ''VideoGame/StarCraft''. It doesn't help that [[http://classic.battle.net/images/battle/scc/terran/pix/SCV1.jpg the picture's damn tiny]], but he is kind of dark-ish looking. However, the campaign-only "Civilian" unit, who is completely white, and the SCV have StopPokingMe lines which imply they're the same person, who gets drafted into the military as a worker.
* Much like it has (very nearly) PurelyAestheticGender, ''VideoGame/TheSims'' series features Ambiguously Brown characters, although it also features Ambiguously White characters because there are no real-world ethnicities; everyone is Simlish. If you ''want'' to set up a character as from a real place, it's as simple as naming them right, but NPC names often do have mismatches between first and last name or between name and appearance. ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' however shows a FantasyCounterpartCulture to Egypt and China, with the sims of the region looking the way they might in the real world.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Godot and Juan Corrida were this in Japan, although they were made Hispanic in the American translation.
** The jury's still out on Damon Gant and Colias Palaeno, although given the former is an ardent swimmer and the latter is a different color from even his countrymen, they're probably just tanned.
** Both Zak and Magnifi Gramarye as well. Made more ambiguous by the fact that Magnifi's daughter is clearly white, and his grandchildren (one of whom is Zak's child) are even whiter. Fans speculate that the Gramaryes are UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}.
** Lotta Hart is pale, but not pink - unlike the other characters. Americanisation gives her a stereotyped Deep South accent and dialect to match that afro. With that and the name, she ends up coming off as a stereotyped, pale caricature of blackness.
** Marlon Rimes is a caricature rapper with a black bone structure but an ambiguous complexion. He mixes street slang with pirate talk. [[spoiler:He goes super-Saiyan and looks whiter, but reveals dreadlocks and rapper bling.]] Turn on the 3DS' 3D mode for even further ambiguity.
* Venom and Potemkin from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. Venom is [[AllThereInTheManual British]], but fans have theorized that he's of Egyptian descent, probably judging from the imagery involved in his character design and attacks. It's also worth noting that in the first game, [[UnfortunateImplications Potemkin was a slave]].
** ''Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN'' gives us Ramlethal Valentine, who has light brown skin and white hair and eyelashes. Considering she isn't even human to begin with, it's clear that her appearance is merely a stylistic choice and corresponds to no actual ethnicity.
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'':
** [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100525165913/hm/images/thumb/2/2d/Denny_(IoH).jpg/85px-Denny_(IoH).jpg Denny]], from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonIslandOfHappiness''. Is he black, or just tan from fishing so much? Who knows.
** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon64'' and its related games also have [[http://www.rpgfan.com/pics/harvestmoon-fomt/art-016.jpg Kai]], who practically ''defines'' this trope. He's a dark skinned man who works at a vineyard in ''64'' and always wears a bandanna. In ''Back To Nature'' and ''Friends Of Mineral Town'' he only appears in summer seasons so his skintone might be a tan, though it doesn't fade if he marries Popuri or the female protagonist in ''More Friends Of Mineral Town'' so it's probably not.
** Kai's expy in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonMagicalMelody'', [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090820225359/hm/images/5/51/Dan.gif Dan]], is similar. Through talking with Dan, he reveals much about is life as a traveler and the odd jobs he's had and indicates that he's Romani.
** [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100708234630/hm/images/c/cd/Char_sheila.png Selena]] from ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonTreeOfTranquility Tree of Tranquility]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonAnimalParade Animal Parade]]''. She's a belly dancer, her artwork is darker then the other characters but her model isn't much darker then anyone else in the game, and her Japanese name (Sheila) isn't much help. Her child with Luke in the latter game also has a darker skin tone then the other children. Although visiting her home island and meeting her parents Samson and Sue, it is heavily hinted that she's Pacific Islander in descent, often speculated to be closely related to the Okinawan people.
** Shea from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonIslandOfHappiness'' counts. His backstory is unknown besides the fact he was RaisedByNatives.
** Several characters are heavily ambiguous and have [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair unnatural hair colors]]. Nadi, Amir, and Sanjay come to mind.
* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'': Judging by her name, you'd think Jun Kubota was Japanese, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAS9uBzqEJA her caramel complexion]] and green eyes makes her appear to be a foreigner. Or, it may imply that she's of mixed heritage. But, since no one ever comments on it, it's unlikely that we'll ever know.
* While ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion''[='=]s cast tends to have easy-to-identify "[[FantasyCounterpartCulture ethnicity]]", Ortega is a notable offender; it's hard to tell whether he's supposed to be black or Hispanic. For the English version, he is cast as an unflatteringly stereotypical Mexican, complete with a whiny voice that doesn't fit his BoisterousBruiser personality and appearance.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter''
** The Dictator's true ethnic background is completely unknown. He has always been depicted as darker-skinned than most of the "white" fighters and simultaneously lighter-skinned than most of the "black" fighters. The Dictator was initially believed to be Asian as in his debut game, he was fought in Thailand and had Asian facial features. In the later games, however, the Dictator is fought in different countries and has indeterminate facial features, including white monochromatic eyes. He frequently changes bodies, and both of his names, "Vega" and "M. Bison", are not Asian-sounding. Thus, pinning down an ethnicity for the Dictator is very difficult, if not impossible. Overlaps with MysteriousPast, as not even his country of origin is known.
** Dudley is English in nationality, but his ethnic background is hard to determine. He is dark-skinned, but his facial features resemble those of a stereotypical white Englishman.
** Q from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: Third Strike'' is covered from head to toe in a stereotypical detective trenchcoat and an iron mask, and has very little visible skin, with only his neck showing, and sometimes his legs during some of his more powerful kick attacks. What little can be seen appears to be dark in-game, and his ending implies that he might be David, the CIA agent in charge of investigating Q, who is very much dark-skinned. However, most official art depicts him as having light skin, and one piece even shows a tuft of blond hair at the nape of his neck.
** [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV C. Viper]] is darker-skinned than the other female fighters in the series; she is speculated to be either Latina or a mixed ethnicity.
* [[http://www.konami.jp/bemani/ddr/jp/gs/hp/difficult/images/chordia_s.jpg Chordia]] from ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution Hottest Party'' has light brown skin; [[http://www.konami.jp/bemani/ddr/jp/gs/hp/difficult/images/gliss_s.jpg Gliss]] and [[http://www.konami.jp/bemani/ddr/jp/gs/hp/difficult/images/sharp_s.jpg Sharp]] are in the same range, but they look more obviously tanned. The game has [[http://www.konami.jp/bemani/ddr/jp/gs/hp/difficult/fun.html much darker black characters]] too, so it's not just ButNotTooBlack.
* Escher from ''VideoGame/ChaosRings''. He has dark skin but blue or grey eyes and has white hair.
** Maya and Meena from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV''.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''.
** [[Characters/MortalKombat2 Jade]] and [[Characters/MortalKombat4 Tanya]] (to a lesser extent) fall under this speculation. Both characters live in Edenia, and Edenia itself is FantasyCounterpartCulture mishmash of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures which furthers the debate on just what the characters are supposed to be counterparts to in the real word. In the games, Jade has had a brown skin tone but in ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'', she was portrayed by a Russian woman. Now speculation ranges from black, to Latina, to Filipino, the whole gamut. Tanya has been brown-skinned for all the the games (almost averted in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'') but she is generally speculated to be black. In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' her attire and hair seem Egyptian inspired, but see the RealLife folder for why that doesn't help.
** There is also the widely overlooked example of [[Characters/MortalKombatDeception Darrius]]. He's Seidan like Hotaru (who is clearly Caucasian) and Dairou (who looks more Eurasian, if not straight-up Japanese), yet is ''obviously'' Black. It's possible that Edenia, Seido, and the other realms independent of Earthrealm don't even have ethnic differentiation, though.
* Christie Monteiro from the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series has a pretty divided fanbase on what ethnicity she actually is. Serves as TruthInTelevision, as she hails from Brazil, home to a myriad of ethnic blends and mixes, or pardos. She could very well be mulatto (Black + White), cafuzo (Black + Indian), Caboclo (Indian + White), Jucara (Black + Indian + White), Ainoco (Japanese + White), among possibly many others.
* It's entirely possible to create this kind of ethnicity in ''VideoGame/TheMovies'' in the Star Maker feature. You can give an actor black features, lighten their skin, turn their hair blonde and give them green eyes.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** During the ''UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}'' era, Princess Daisy had a tan (possibly to distinguish her more from Princess Peach). She was like this even in her ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' costume and in her trophy. Daisy is from a country with a desert, but it isn't exclusively desert. She went back to her original light tone starting with the fourth ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' game (though, in turn, she received a slightly altered attire and a haircut).
** There is also a non-human example with Morton Koopa Jr. of the Koopalings, who has inexplicable brownish skin, unlike the yellowish skin that Bowser and the other Koopas have. Made even weirder by the fact that his head is of a literal white color.
* Since almost all the peoples of ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games are {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s, this trope is mostly avoided. By learning what their home culture is based on, you can figure out anybody's race. The only known exception to date is [[DarkSkinnedBlonde Sheba]], who is a foundling of unknown origin (widely speculated to be [[{{Precursors}} Anemos]]) raised in an Egypt-counterpart (so it might just be a tan).
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'':
** Desmond Miles' ethnicity isn't immediately apparent from looking at him, but this is intentional, allowing him to have [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI Middle Eastern]], [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Italian]], and even [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII Native American]] ancestors. For the record, Desmond's face model, Francisco Randez, has a Spanish background.
** Invoked in the case of the half-English, half-Mohawk Ratonhnhaké:ton who is 'advised' by his Assassin mentor to pass himself off as a Spaniard or otherwise from the Mediterranean, due to discrimination against his people, hence his English name of Connor.
* Orchid from ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct''. She's always had a brown skin tone compared to her [[LateArrivalSpoiler brother Jago]]; conflicting information about ''Killer Instinct's'' story either has her as Tibetan or Middle Eastern.
* Raven from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has darker skin than the other party members, not to mention, many other people on Terca Lumeris. It's never really established why though. Considering Yaeger's skin turned darker after [[spoiler: He supercharged his blastia heart]], it may be a result of that and not an indication of race.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** First-time players of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' often started out believing that [[DarkSkinnedBlond Tetra]] must be a Gerudo with pointy ears, due to her being dark-skinned and a female pirate like their ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' incarnation. However she lacks the Arab flavor Gerudos are usually associated with and is a blonde instead of a redhead. It's confirmed latter in the game that she's Hylian. She's the only character with Hylian ancestry in the game with dark skin like that, not even the other members of her crew or her own mother come close to match her tan. It might just be a tan...if she didn't seem to [[spoiler:get a lighter skin tone when she is revealed to be Zelda]], though the intent could have been to imply [[spoiler:her natural tone is the one she has as Zelda and that she's tanned as Tetra.]] Likewise, Sheik's skin tone in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' is somewhat tanned while Zelda is white, white, white. The answer may lie in some scrapped concept art for the game, as Tetra also had the distinct red eyes of a Sheikah, so her darker skin tone is probably a CallBack to Sheik.
** Similarly Din the Oracle from the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' Games and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap The Minish Cap]]'' is a DarkSkinnedRedHead. Because of her association with Din the Goddess, and by extension Ganondorf, you might assume she's Gerudo also but she lacks the longer nose, yellow eyes and round ears common to the race. Add to the fact that in ''The Minish Cap'' she's sisters with Nayru and Farore who both look like Hylians, as she does too despite her skin tone.
** Telma is obviously black however she bares a heavy resemblance to the Gerudo race. The problem is that Gerudo are apparently extinct by ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. So, does Telma have Gerudo in her blood or is she just a Gerudo-looking Hylian?
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the Old Man who guides you in the opening area has a distinct greyish-brown skintone. Combined with his enigmatic nature, this resulted in some early fan speculation that he was secretly an incarnation of Ganondorf. Gets weirder when it turns out [[spoiler:he's actually King Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule, the father of the pale Zelda. Presumably, his wife was ''very'' light-skinned.]] This game at least establishes to an extent not seen in previous games that dark-skinned Hylians are about as common as light-skinned ones.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Iris from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. She has a darker skin tone than a majority of the other characters, though still lighter than the canonically black Lenora (more so in the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]]).
** The WalkingShirtlessScene that is Marlon from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' has dark skin from head to stomach, but has light skin from waist to toe. This combined with him being a swimmer implies he's heavily tanned.
** Phoebe, who has a darker skin tone than the rest of the Hoenn Gym Leaders and Elite Four, from ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire''. She dresses in tropical-inspired attire. Hoenn itself is based on the southern Kyushu region, which includes the subtropical Ryukyu Islands, but the later games ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' introduce a Hawaii-based region so she might have relatives there.
** The player can choose to be this in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' however your mom is still white, implying you're biracial. The player can also choose to be this in ''Sun and Moon'', though the fact you're from Kanto implies you have some Japanese ancestry in you.
** Olympia, the Gym Leader of Anistar City, also qualifies.
** [[spoiler:Emma]] in a post-game arc of ''X'' and ''Y''. The mind jumps to her just being a [[ButNotTooBlack light-skinned black person]], but then you realize that the game is set in (effectively) France, and that she could just as likely be of Southern European descent or something similar, and it just becomes a mystery. She does seem to be darker than Shauna, who has an Arabic name and brown skin.
** Dahlia from Sinnoh is implied to be Latina, as she's named after a flower from Mexico and Central America. ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' drives it in further by making her speak GratuitousSpanish.
** The protagonist of ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' is a DarkSkinnedBlonde from an Arizona based region. It's impossible to tell if that is his natural skin tone or if it is a tan.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' Blanche, the team leader of Teams Mystic is reminiscent of a DarkSkinnedBlond, featuring a skintone that's inbetween Spark and Candela.
** The mother in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' always has light brown skin, no matter what skin tone you use for the protagonist (whose canon/default skin tone is light). She is lighter toned than most of the native Alola characters but is still darker than most Kanto characters, which is the region where the protagonist's family lived until recently. It could be a tan but it's impossible to tell.
* Mr. Big from ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. Either he's a tanned white guy or a very light skinned black guy. His official birthplace is listed as Australia, if that's of any indication.
** K' from the NESTS Chronicles of KOF's early sprites have him with the same complexion as Heavy D! (who's Black American), but later depictions lighten his skin. Whip, a clone of K's biological sister is largely depicted as light skinned with the exception of her art for ''KOF XI'' (see [[http://snk.wikia.com/wiki/Whip?file=Whipxi.jpg here]]). To make this even more confusing, Krizalid (K's own clone) and Original Zero (not a clone, but still a high ranking member of NESTS) share K's skin and hair colors while Kyo's other clones are both darker skinned than the original. All considered, it's possible K's current looks are from the experiments he went through under NESTS custody and aren't what he really looks like.
* Sheva Alomar in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', modeled after South African-born Michelle van der Water, looks somewhere between fair-skinned black and Indian ethnicity, has an Indian-sounding name, and a [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent quasi-British/Australian accent]], although [[FakeBrit voiced by American]] actress Karen Dyer.
* Owen from the ''VideoGame/ClueFinders'' is ambiguously light-skinned.
* Clementine, from Telltale Games' adaptations of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' is an example, as her parents are very definitely not white, but Clem is ostensibly light-skinned enough to pass for white. Many fans consider her Asian or part Asian due to her facial features, but that's also ambiguous.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' has Firion and Minwu, mostly in artwork, as their in-game sprites gave them the same skin tone as the rest of the cast. The [=PSP=] remake also adds in Deumion.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'''s General Leo is quite clearly a DarkSkinnedBlond in his character portrait and concept art, though his combat and overworld sprites don't show it (likely due to a limited palette; the iOS adaptation darkens his skin there, too.) Like Barret in FFVII, Leo is the only dark-skinned character in the entire world, and his racial origins are not commented on (some of the concept art gives him exaggerated African features, almost to the point of caricature; but his in-game character portrait is ambiguous.)
* Zen, one of the [[OriginalGeneration new characters]] introduced in ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'', is this, having light brown skin, green eyes, and somewhat curly dark brown hair. [[spoiler:A late game reveal shows that he's actually an aspect of Chronos, the Greek god of time, and TheGrimReaper, so his looks can be chalked up to not being human. There are also a number of artistic portrayals of Chronos having dark skin, so his looks carry some RealLife connections as well.]]
* Jade of ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' was deliberately given an ambiguously brown design so that she could appeal to players of all ethnicities.
* Naomi Hunter from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' is ambiguously brown even to herself. She claimed she had Japanese ancestry but that was proven to be a lie by Master Miller. The truth is she's an orphan who has no idea who her parents are or what her original name might have been, only that she was adopted by mercenary, Frank Jaeger.
-->'''Naomi Hunter:''' Rhodesia was owned by England until 1965 and there were lots of Indian laborers around. That's probably where I got my skin color from, but I'm not even sure about that...
* Electro in ''VideoGame/MarvelContestOfChampions'' has a noticeably darker skintone compared to the other white characters in the game, but is nowhere near as dark as other explicitly black characters like [[{{Franchise/XMen}} Storm]] or [[Series/JessicaJones2015 Luke Cage]]. Presumably this is a reference to how Electro is a white guy in the comics but was played by Jamie Foxx in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' and is splitting the difference.
* ''VideoGame/UncommonTime'' has only one dark-skinned character, Teagan. To make things even weirder, she seems to come from the same area as the protagonist, who has light tan skin. It's never explained why she's different than the other characters.
* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'' we have Fenris and Dorian, who are both from Tevinter and both have medium skintones but otherwise no racial features definitively from one race. Complicated from the fact that Tevinter is a fantasy counterpart culture... based on the Roman Empire, which was ethnically diverse, and by that Fenris is shown to have family that's white as a sheet (although Fenris is an Elf so who knows). This causes a lot of contention in the fandom, to say the very least of it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'':
** [=McCree=], who is from New Mexico and has dark skin, brown hair and rather vague facial features. Fandom doesn't seem to know whether he's Latino, Native American, mixed race or just a tan white guy, and he could be any of these. Pretty odd given that most of the cast are either explicitly part of a given race and ethnicity or they are given very strong hints that unambiguously place them in a race and ethnicity.
** Reaper is another ambiguous character; while commonly believed to be Hispanic (his names is Gabriel Reyes, he has a common Hispanic skintone, he's from LA where that's half the racial population and he has Latin-American themed alternate skins) some fans believe his appearance looks more African-American or mixed race. In any case this only applies to the Blackwatch skin and flashbacks, since he now has bleached white skin and an unseen-but-horribly-altered face due to whatever transformation turned him into Reaper.
** Roadhog's real name is Mako (a Maori name meaning shark) and some hints support he might be a Maori from New Zealand, from one recolor skin called "kiwi", using idioms from NZ in one of his quotes and the lead writer Michael Chu suggesting Roadhog had a pet, it would have a kunekune pet (a domesticated pig from NZ). His islander skins, while not accurate to one Polynesian culture, might support this theory.
* [=CyberConnect2=], a DarkSkinnedBlonde, was for a long time the only human character in the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series with a skin color other than "[[{{Mukokuseki}} generically pale]]". ''VideoGame/HyperdevotionNoireGoddessBlackHeart'' introduced Moru who, while not as dark-skinned as [=CC2=], still has noticably darker skin than her peers. Then again, considering she's both a CatGirl and the AnthropomorphicPersonification of ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', it's equally possible that it's either short fur or a tan.
* Both Alex and her brother Michael from ''VideoGame/{{Oxenfree}}'' have tan skin, and from the flashbacks we see, naturally brown hair.
* ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'':
** Most people from the Elder Continent are dark-skinned, but the Elder Continent not being a clear FantasyCounterpartCulture of any single country and the Prebysterate deliberately obfuscating details about their origins leave their ethnicity ambiguous.
** An [[ArtEvolution art update]] made a few characters' in-game portraits [[RaceLift noticeably darker-skinned than before]]. The Artist's Model went from pale-skinned to tan or brown-skinned and the Bishop of St. Fiacre's lost all his hair and went from mostly white-looking to being just as dark-skinned as most Elder Continent people. The Bishop of St. Fiacre's case is further complicated by [[spoiler:him secretly being a [[HumanoidAbomination Snuffer]] [[FaceStealer wearing the face of a dead human]] and hence possibly having no true ethnicity]].

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* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' has Seven who is a big burly man with a dark complexion but it's been explicitly said that he's Japanese.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has two ambiguously brown characters in the classroom scene. Hilariously, when the characters are finally given small profiles (with names, clubs and disabilities), one of the brown girls (Molly) has her defining feature as being ''Indian'' rather then legless.
* Archer in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has skin dark enough to clearly mark him as distinct from most other characters, but lacks any clear markers of his race. Subverted when it's revealed [[spoiler:he's actually Japanese; overuse of his thaumuturgy changed his skin color, among other things]].
* ''VisualNovel/WeKnowTheDevil'': Neptune is darker than the other characters but her ethnicity is never mentioned.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Emerald is the first character to appear in the show that has a much darker skin tone (albeit with red eyes and green hair) from any of the other characters introduced in Volume 1. However considering that the show takes place on a completely different planet and there have been no set nationalities mentioned, she can only be described as brown.
** Additional brown-skinned characters including Fox (who has red hair), Amber, Flynt, Ciel (who has blue eyes), and Arslan (platinum blonde hair and gold eyes), add to the ambiguity.
** While not "Ambigiously ''Brown''", the concept of the ConstructedWorld blurs the lines of several character ethnicities to the point where they're of ambiguous race. There have been debates about whether Yang (who is a light skinned blonde with purple eyes but has a Chinese name, which she received from her equally blond father) is supposed to be biracial or not.
* [[spoiler:Kitten]] of ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' turns out to be this. Lampshaded - when the Emperor claims he's black, Kitten says it's more like brown-ish. Of course, Kitten didn't know the modern concept of "race" was a thing and was comparing to the coal-black Salamander marines.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren'' [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/64/ #64]]:
-->'''Gary:''' Oh hey, you're Asian.\\
'''Paul:''' So?\\
'''Gary:''' Can you guess what ethnicity I am? Nobody ever can.\\
'''Paul:''' Brown... ish?
** To add to the absurdity, the webcomic is in black and white. Gary is drawn white as milk; we can only tell he's non-white from [[http://www.picturesforsadchildren.com/index.php?comicID=226 context]].
* Gaia from ''Webcomic/{{Frivolesque}}'' falls under this trope. Her skin is a deep shade of brown, especially compared to everybody else, but she doesn't look especially black otherwise.
* Tony from ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'' is a webcomic example, though a nigh-indistinguishable one. This at least has the reasoning that nobody knows what the real Tony is, either.
* Paige of ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'' has skin darker than Latino Adele, but brigher than black Norah, so it's unclear what ethnicity she is.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' falls into this partly because [[GenericCuteness the art style]] makes everyone look white-ish and partly because its darker-skinned characters are generally no darker than the image that used to be up there. Some characters have non-Western ''names'', like Amir, but they still look just sort of generically brown. WordOfGod states that one character, Dale, is African-American.
** A later introduced character is Padma. Her appearance (dark skin, straight hair), combined with her name might strongly suggest an Indian descent.
** Someone asked the creator what race Tai was, to which he responded, "[[MathematiciansAnswer Tan]]." He later replied to another person asking what her nationality was with "[[ShapedLikeItself American.]]" It's also said later in the story that her [[DarkSkinnedRedhead red hair]] is actually dyed, implying that it's naturally dark brown or black, which still doesn't answer the question.
* Phineas, Camilla and Mirage of ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}'' are all just "dark-skinned".
* Maree-Celee from ''Webcomic/ThePrincess99'' has dark red hair, red eyes, and brown skin but then it's later revealed that her father [[spoiler:Docteur Haypenny]] has pale skin, red eyes, and SkunkStripe hair to add to the confusion. Admittedly, Skye has dark skin and multicolored hair but this is made moot with the fact that she's an [[OurDemonsAreDifferent alien]]. The entire novel tends to fall into this {{trope}} when you consider that the setting is based of 1920s New Orleans but isn't set on Earth.
* Shiva Crimson from ''Webcomic/{{EVIL}}'' is noticeably darker than the rest of the cast (aside from Kahn, who is black), but her ethnicity is never mentioned.
* ''Webcomic/PhD''
** For the longest time, Tajel was depicted as Cecelia's BlackBestFriend. She's a Stanford International Student, but it's never made clear where she actually came from. Her ancestry was finally revealed during her wedding day strip: an English father and an Indian mother.
** The Nameless Guy is kind of a weird example. He claims to be non-white, but looks just like the white characters, if anything slightly paler. Since he is Jorge Cham's AuthorAvatar he is most likely Asian-American, but it's never been made clear.
** Another example is Dee's friend/housemate. He has dark skin, but unlike Tajel or Prof. Khumalo, he has no name or any distinguishable ethnic features to determine his background.
* Quant and Kurudan from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''.
* ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'':
** In a variation on this {{trope}}, [[NoNameGiven {...}]] is ambiguously Asianish. He has almond-shaped eyes, black hair, high cheekbones, a nose that looks a little Asian if you want it to, and a sentimental attachment to paper cranes for reasons [[GhostAmnesia not even he knows]]. He's also, at present, [[TheUndead green]]. If he ''is'' Asian, he'd be an InscrutableOriental too...
** There's also Casimiro, who definitely fits. He is noticeably brown (or, well, dark gray), which is weird for a vampire since all the other specimens thus far have been portrayed as pale white. WordOfGod has Cas claiming that he was just sporting a "nice tan" before he died.
* A number of ''Webcomic/TemplarArizona'' characters are described by the comic's creator as "Templar brownish", that being the default ethnicity of characters whose race hasn't been pinned down specifically. Because, in her words, "It's dumb to care, if it's not going to be an element of the story."
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** Grace has darker skin than any of the main cast, but her human ethnicity (and her "father's") has yet to be officially determined, though the texture of Dr. Sciuridae's hair implies African-American ancestry. Seeing as Grace is an shapeshifting ArtificialHuman whose base form includes ''antennae'' her skin tone might just as well stem from the ''squirrel'' part of her ancestry. Tedd describes her (snarkily) as "[[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=249 very, very mixed]]".
** Sensei Greg, on the other hand, is almost universally agreed by the {{fandom}} to be African-American and a throwback to the 70s. He's both an homage and a parody of a common Blacksploitation cinema archetype.
** Shive introduced the darker-skinned character of Rhea, and then we found out that she's the sister of blonde and almost bleach-white Diane. When asked about it by Ellen, she immediately said [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2013-05-09 "We're adopted."]] When Shive was asked on Twitter [[https://twitter.com/AdmiralMemo/status/333160718339829760 what ethnicity Rhea was]], he said [[https://twitter.com/dantheshive/status/333260104105345024 "The only ethnicity of ANY characters I'm 100% sure on is Nanase and her family ^^;]] [[https://twitter.com/dantheshive/status/333260428497006592 And that's only because I wanted a family that spoke a language other than English around the house."]] So, apparently, ShrugOfGod is the official answer on any ethnicity other than Nanase's (which is Japanese) and by extension her cousin Tedd's (presumably half-Japanese, half-white since their mothers are sisters).
** Tedd himself also counts. Though as noted above he's half-Japanese, the art style doesn't make him look any different from white characters (well, he has purple hair, but [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair weird hair colors are not uncommon in the EGS universe]]). However, at some point George describes him as looking sort of [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1947 "like an Asian Harry Potter"]].
* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'':
** The vampire Nora has dark skin but her purple eyes, horns, wings and hair do not help narrow down her possible human ancestry.
** Wes has dark hair and a noticeably olive completion when standing next to other hunters in places with good lighting. He has heterochromia with one green and one blue eye and it's possible he just spends more time in the sun than some of his more pale coworkers.
** While most of the elves introduced in the story thus far are pale and short there have been at least two of generally human height with brown skin.
* In the now-defunct ''Webcomic/LifeOfRiley'', Cowkitty is an interesting case, as it's not clear if she has dark skin or simply light brown fur.
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' introduces new one-time characters for almost every strip, and these are a diverse bunch, not just straight white men by default. However, perhaps simply due to the art style, the non-white characters mostly look ambiguously brown.
* Petunia's entire family in ''Webcomic/ToddAllisonAndThePetuniaViolet'' presently falls under this trope, as well as Meredith. Later chapters may change this, however. Considering the setting (early 20th-century Australia), they are presumably Aboriginal Australians.
* ''DarthWiki/PowerupComics'' does this as part of its StylisticSuck. Darkwinkle is just [[CutAndPasteComic another character model recolored]] with darker skin, and the author himself can't remember what race Darkwinkle's supposed to be. In one story arc, he's black, but in another strip, he takes offense at being called black, and insists that he's Mexican.
* Benny from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' is a fantasy example, and an in-universe one at that. The series was initially a ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' parody and her design is based on their trolls. But once the series developed its own world, ''[[AllTrollsAreDifferent its]]'' version of trolls appeared and she looks nothing like them. She has even been dubbed "Lady of Unknown Pedigree. [[spoiler: It is eventually revealed that her mother is a blue elf, and her father is most likely the minotaur Krunch]].
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' with [[DifferentAsNightAndDay Walky and Sal]] (who, it turns out, are one-quarter black on their dad's side):
-->'''[[TokenReligiousTeammate Joyce]]:''' I...I've been trying to determine if it's rude to ask what, um, ''flavor'' of human you two are.
-->'''[[BrilliantButLazy Walky]]:''' Well, my ''sister'' is black, but ''I'm'' generically beige.
* ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'': [[http://satwcomic.com/reality-hits America is getting darker]] because the 2010 census indicated that whites will soon no longer be the majority of Americans. His hair is still blonde because he bleaches it.
* Lampshaded by name by Commander Badass in ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'', who explicitly describes himself as 'ambiguously brown'. Possibly justified by the fact that he's an ArtificialHuman assembled from the genetic material of who knows how many people, and thus hasn't really got a specific ethnic background.
* Open-source character WebOriginal/JennyEverywhere "appears to be Asian or Native American".
* Gogo and Didi from ''Webcomic/{{Bomango}}''. Gogo says she's from Omingo Island, though, wherever that is. The fact that Didi literally budded off Gogo makes the issue even more confusing because of the possibility that they might not even be human.
* In the colored comics for ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'', Javert is noticeably more tan than the other roommates despite only being identified as French. His darker skin tone is almost certainly a nod to how Javert in the novel was the son of a gypsy woman and a convict, but the webcomic has Javert's mother be [[spoiler:Morgan Le Fey]], who seems to be white. A spin-off comic has his father be [[spoiler:Clopin]] which would explain things, but it's uncertain exactly how canonical that is.
* Chloe and her mother in ''Webcomic/BadMoonRising''. There's some in-universe debate about who Chloe's maternal grandfather actually was, and both she and her mother are noticeably darker than their known relatives.
* In ''Webcomic/SpyingWithLana'', Lana has a dark complexion, but her ethnicity is not explicitly stated.
* Most humans in ''Webcomic/{{Harbourmaster}}'' are varying shades of brown, on account of lineages mixing together throughout the spacefaring era. In fact, Veras is considered unusual (and ridiculous) for frowning on miscegenation (what with Veras being obsessed with preserving the semblance of pre-spacefaring humans). Aquaans, meanwhile, are ''always'' some shade of brown, although that's simply cultural preference on their part.
* ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'''s main character, Edith, has visibly white facial features (especially when compared with clearly black Blacksmith Girl), but her skin is a darker shade of brown.
* The Hunter of ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'' has dark skin, green eyes and facial features just comic-book-y enough to obscure his ethnicity.
* The Amazonians from ''Webcomic/GastroPhobia'', including the titular Gastro and Phobia, are portrayed as this. In an AlternateUniverse story set in TheWildWest, Phobia is referred to as a "colored woman".
* In ''Webcomic/{{Long Exposure}}'', Jonas and Sidney Wagner have olive skin but their race and ethnicity isn't discussed in the webcomic - and can't ever really be confirmed by the characters themselves since they barely remember their birth parents. However, WordOfGod says they might be Saudi Arabian because she referenced Saudi Arabian actors for Jonas.
* Bailey from ''Webcomic/{{Avialae}}'' is drawn with brown skin in color illustrations, but his ethnicity hasn't been brought up once in 200+ comic pages. His last name, Gilbert, does nothing to narrow down the possible ethnicities for him and the artstyle makes his facial features look very similar to pale-skinned Gannet's in the black-and-white pages.
* Nearly everyone in ''Webcomic/DenmaTheQuanx''. It takes place in a distant space-faring society, and most of the humans in the cast are various shades of brown with various hair colors. The main character has medium-brown skin and peach-colored hair. No one ever comments on this, so it seems that race isn't an issue in their society.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Amir in ''WebVideo/MisadventuresOfAwkwardBlackGirl'':
-->'''J:''' He's a walking rainbow of racism and the main reason he gets away with it is because [[CategoryTraitor nobody knows what he is]].
* ''WebVideo/GradeAUnderA'': In his "Racism Test" video, Grade himself has stated that he is "A man of color" and briefly drew himself with dark skin and a Funny Afro . Then goes on to say that it's only a "Lil bit of color" before lightening his skin tone and sizing down the afro.
* Julian Avery of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', at least in his artwork, is coloured a vaguely brown colour that's not quite black. {{Justified|Trope}} somewhat in that his profile describes him as being half African-American.
* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows, when not sitting in the dark, keeps half of his face covered at all times. From what we can see, his skin is fairly dark, but his exact ethnicity (black? Asian? Hispanic?) is something of a RunningGag, and Todd himself has decided not to comment either way.
* ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}'' has Vinnie, who looks vaguely Hispanic but with enough elements of Middle-Eastern Asian to throw off any assumptions. It has yet to be pointed out, possibly because unlike the other factions, there are actually several other people of colour in Katton.
** Egg is also a shade of brown, lighter than Vinnie but much darker than the white characters such as Kaja or Lorelei. WordOfGod is that she's mixed race, though WordOfGod ''hasn't'' said exactly what those races ''are''.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick:
** In her review of ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' (see above) she notes that the title character doesn't look particularly Native American, but more like "an a-ethnic mush of unparalleled hotness."
*** Incidentally the face was based on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irene_Bedard voice actress]], who really is Native American... but her ancestry is from the opposite side of the continent. This is why Pocahontas itself doesn't have an entry.
** She also uses [[PerfectlyCromulentWord that word]] to describe [[Film/TheRoom Tommy Wiseau]]. He's clearly white, but that accent makes figuring out his exact ethnicity... difficult.
* On the ''Website/RejectedPrincesses'' site, writer and illustrator Jason Porath will often cite this as something he's done if a historical woman's ethnicity is a bit of a question mark by modern standards, for instance both [[http://www.rejectedprincesses.com/princesses/tomyris Tomyris]] and [[http://www.rejectedprincesses.com/princesses/tirgatao Tirgatao]] were both "Scythians" but the historical records conflict a fair bit on how exactly they looked since it was actually a pretty broad category, so he went for a middle ground and figured that both would have been out in the sun a lot regardless.
* Carlos from ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' is described as having "dark skin" but no other clues as to his race or ethnicity are given (besides his Spanish name). Fanartists tend to depict him as a [[http://kataraqui.tumblr.com/image/59982387298 sort of brown-skinned Latino person]], but you see the occasional black Carlos too.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** [[spoiler:The Ice King/Simon Petrikov]] was this when he was human, before [[spoiler:being cursed with [[ArtifactOfDoom the Ice Crown]], which turned his skin blue.]]
** Also Moseph Mo Maestro Giovanni.
** Marceline's mother is revealed to be this in a flashback to her childhood.
* More a voice example, since the character in question is a bright red box of fries, but episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' has Master Shake wondering if Frylock is supposed to be black ("You ''sound'' black.") In the live-action episode, Frylock is played by Music/TPain, if that solves anything.
* In universe, WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} apparently considers Lana to be ambiguously brown, although the context indicates she is a black American with medium-brown skin:
-->'''Archer''': You're black... ish.
-->'''Lana''': ISH!?
-->'''Archer''': Well, what’s the word for it, Lana? You freaked out when I said "Quadroon"![[note]]Antiquated term for "one quarter black", usually used in the context of discriminatory legislation[[/note]]
* Francine from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''. A lot of fans think she's black but this has never been brought up in the show. She's Jewish and implied to be of Polish descent but is also second cousins twice removed with jazz musician Joshua Redman, who is of both Ashkenazi Jewish and African descent. The fact that she's [[FurryDenial technically not human]], doesn't help either.
** Even though his skin color is redder/less brown than Arthur himself, Allan/Brain is apparently black; one episode features a visit from his cousin from Africa, and in the Christmas special it's revealed that his family celebrates Kwanzaa.
* There's been debate amongst fans whether Miranda's father in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' is white or just light-skinned.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''' version of Two-Face looks to be a lighter-skinned black man, with fuller lips while not as dark skinned as other characters like Lucius Fox. Apparently, he was supposed to be Italian-American and appears to be based on actor Humphrey Bogart.
%%* Deckard from ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat''.
%%* Billy Billions from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Omniverse}}''.
* John WesternAnimation/{{Blackstar}} was originally going to be black, but the network chickened out and wouldn't let Filmation make a cartoon with a black hero. So John ended up just sort of brownish with straight hair. {{Fanon}} holds that he's Native American.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''.
** Darryl, it's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when Bob suspects that he might have been bullied for being a minority, but can't seem to figure out which race he actually is. [[WildMassGuessing He may be of Indian]] descent like his voice actor, Creator/AzizAnsari.
** The Belchers themselves are noticeably darker skinned then the white characters and they all have black hair. WordOfGod is that "Belcher" is from a French or French-Canadian ancestor, and the rest of their family are "Greek-Armenian-Italian-Jewish-German."
--->'''Mr Fischoder:''' Are you an immigrant, Bob?\\
'''Bob:''' No.\\
'''Mr Fischoder:''' Oh. I just assumed you were since you're, you know, swarthy.\\
'''Gene:''' What's swarthy mean?\\
'''Bob:''' It means dark and hairy.\\
'''Gene:''' That's you! And me in the future!
%%* Molly from ''WesternAnimation/BubbleGuppies''.
* An interesting example is Gaia from ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''. {{Justified|Trope}} in the fact that Gaia is the Spirit of the Earth, and was drawn racially ambiguous so as to embody all of Earth's ethnicities. Olive skin that can denote anything from a southern European to a northern Indian, wavy black hair, high cheekbones, and almond-shaped blue eyes.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' featured a woman who spoke with a Hispanic accent, dressed in a Middle Eastern style, and used French exclamations.
* Athena in the latest ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis & Gnasher]]'' animated series. It's not made clear whether she's half black or heavily tanned. All we know about her ethnicity is her father is white.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''. [[http://i1.iofferphoto.com/img/item/108/575/435/VaHJvov0kjbhTrk.jpg Many characters]] seem to have brown skin color, but it's never known if that springs out of a real ethnicity when [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation most are far weirder colors]]. It's hard to tell if Patti is a DarkSkinnedBlond intentionally or the brown is stylized like the green and blue skinned characters.
* Jonny 2x4 and Rolf from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', though Jonny might be black. Jonny is implied to be black as twice he's been hown to have a curly brown afro when his hair is long, and his short cut is pretty popular with black boys. Rolf is heavily in the air though, with his {{Ruritania}}n accent.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** A CutawayGag of a trailer for a movie starring Stewie and the Rock is derailed when the narrator starts questioning the Rock's race.
** Peter wrote a romance novel called "The Hot Chick Who Was Italian or Maybe Some Kind of Spanish".
** Two recurring characters originally introduced as "Foreign guys who've been here long enough to only almost sound American." They're DarkSkinnedBlond and probably supposed to be Europeans of some sort, but all clues as to their origin are deliberately vague or ridiculous.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** When the main characters are temporarily turned into humans, Goliath becomes this. This is because the gargoyles' human forms were [[InkSuitActor designed to resemble their voice actors]], but it wouldn't have made sense to make Goliath African-American like Creator/KeithDavid, since the rest of his clan were white.
** Also, Xanatos himself is darker than most of the other white characters, though he's confirmed as being ethnically Greek.
** Also Eliza comes off as this before her family is explored (Her father is Native American, her mother is black). Her brother Derek looked more black (before he got transformed into a mutant pseudo-Gargoyle), while her sister was just as ambiguous.
* Ursula of the second ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' series has brownish skin and greenish eyes.
* Rhonda's friend Nadine from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has skin that is a light shade of brown and her hair is blonde. (During the episode "Parents Day," it's implied that she's mixed-race - one of the parent couples consists of a blond white man and a black woman who share Nadine's facial structure.)
* Melissa (and her dad, Eric) and, oddly, Josie from ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies''. [[ChocolateBaby Maybe that explains the divorce?]] Except Josie's [[HappilyAdopted adopted.]]
* Rio from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' has a latino surname and darker skin than the white characters but WordOfGod is it wasn't intentional to make him latino. Future adaptations ignore this [[AscendedFanon and have as latino]].
* Henry from ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''. He's tan...ish, with green hair.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** Bonnie Rockwaller, though it's implied she's just a white tanning addict based on her vanity and her family members. The alternative is that she is mixed.
** The Seniors (Sr. and Jr.) are dark and have Spanish accents. Junior is ''{{canon}}ically'' a tanning addict; in his first scene he's under a tanning lamp the size of a hot air balloon. According to the [[https://twitter.com/bob_schooley/status/722161839363268609 series bible]], the Seniors are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castilians Castilian.]]
* Henri Lefebvre from ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'' has noticeably browner skin than his two definitely-white companions, and everyone else on the show who is unambiguously white, but his ethnicity is never explained, his only backstory being that he is from France. This is especially odd for a show that frequently dealt with issues of racism in the Revolutionary War period, with conversations about slavery, violence against Native Americans, and even Antisemitism in the colonies.
* Jasper Jones of ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' has brownish skin, dark-brown hair and brown eyes, but has visible freckles (a trait that only occurs in people of fairer complexion), a white dialect and facial features, a Persian-originating given name and an English surname that was adopted by numerous freed African slaves from their estate managers and owners.
* Kiva Andru from ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', who doubles as DarkSkinnedRedhead.
* Abigail in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''. Doctor Rockso appeared to be this at first glance, but a photo of him in his childhood revealed he was indeed white-presumably he tanned or the face paint he constantly wore had an effect on his skin.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', Mr. Figurelli and his family are... Italian? Greek? No, Italians are white so.. maybe 1/4 Arab? (Contrast the Jews for Jesus, who are the closest thing to a different religion that exists in the town, being ex Jewish Christians and still doing Jewish stuff out of habit, but their skin happens to be white.)
* Mike Chilton, his sister Capri, Tennie, her father Bracket, Kaia and some of the Terras on ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}''. WordOfGod has confirmed that Mike is [[MixedAncestry mixed race]].
%%* Jasper the elf from ''WesternAnimation/{{Pearlie}}''.
* Billy Jukes from ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates''. The taller twin from the Lost boys as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
** Guru Kid, the Diggers, Skeens, and Miss Grotke. Miss Grotke does have curly hair so she could be at least part black.
** Spinelli caused some confusion with this. She has an Italian surname and WordOfGod establishes her father's family as being from Italy, but her almond-shaped eyes and straight black hair lead to quite a few people assuming she was at least partially Asian. There's also one episode where she mentions a great aunt who ran the Iditarod in Alaska, which raises the possibility of her having Inuit blood, and a mention that her grandmother and Miss Finster were good friends "back in Guam" which could mean she's part Pacific Islander.
* The Rocket siblings from ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower''. Their skin tone is on a similar level as their tan Hispanic friends, and it doesn't appear to be a suntan, but their dad is white. It is suggested that their [[MissingMom late mother]] was of Hawaiian descent; in TheMovie their dad even got remarried to an old flame from Hawaii who was her best friend.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies'' one part of the [[ThoseTwoGuys Detail Team]] is a woman named Neema, who while apparently Greek can pass as a number of ethnicities, which is useful for her job, which requires her to be able to blend into just about any situation anywhere in the world.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Judge Roy Snyder. His skin color has changed from yellow to brown repeatedly throughout the series to stay brown.
** Sherri and Terri. They have the same sort of pale skin as other Asian characters throughout the show, but it's unclear if they are Asian.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** This show has a particular problem with possibly Asian characters, in part due to its distinctively simple style. When a character is specifically supposed to be Asian, they're usually designed like a white person who's squinting. The head sixth-grader has this look, but his race has never been noted in-story.
*** An early episode specifically notes that Kevin Stoley's parents are from China, and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Chef]] calls out the others for making fun of his "ethnicity." However, Kevin looks identical to all the white characters (without a "squint") and has a rather European-sounding surname. Were his parents white people who lived in China? Was he adopted? But then, how is Chinese his "ethnicity?" Fans tend to just say he's Asian and not question it further.
*** Likewise, Michael of the {{Goth}} Kids is animated like any other white kid, but "[[ADayInTheLimelight Goth Kids 3]]" shows his parents to be a white guy and an Asian woman. To further confuse things, a line of dialogue in "Raisins" ''could'' be taken to say that his parents are divorced, implying this woman is his stepmom...but the Goth Kids are somewhat {{Unreliable Narrator}}s when it comes to angsty back stories, and he specifically calls her "Mom."
** Big Gay Al also counts. [[http://southpark.wikia.com/wiki/Big_Gay_Al The Wikia page for him]] just says he's "heavily tanned."
* Good luck telling what most of the many {{race lift}}ed characters in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' are supposed to be (except for Ned Lee and Kenny Kong, who are clearly Asian). Race-lifted Liz Allan is at least part Latina, though her exact background is somewhat complicated (to explain why she has a typically British last name despite her ethnicity and slight Puerto Rican accent). WordOfGod says that Liz is half Puerto Rican (and half white?) For another example, the Warren brothers are supposed to be Indian.
* [[TheHero Ezra Bridger]] of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' is a tricky one. He’s already an Expy of Disney/{{Aladdin}}, who is Arabic, except unlike Aladdin his eyes are blue. Blue eyes are not impossible but highly uncommon in real-world Arabic people. A picture of his father reveals that his father had brown skin and curly dark hair. There has so far been no confirmation of his ethnicity, although saying something like ‘Luke Skywalker is of European descent’ would make no sense considering there’s no Europe in a galaxy far, far away. [[note]] Luke is half-Tatooinian and half-Naboo, making him obviously far removed from the original Coruscanti Human stock, but not enough to make him a "Near-Human" alien. [[/note]] Word of Pablo Hidalgo is that all the human leads are multiracial by Earth standards, and supplementary material as well as the background characters reveal that Ezra's features are common among the humans of his home planet. So if anything, his ethnicity would be "Lothalian".
** Sabine from the same series is also ethnically hard to pin down. Mandelorians are a bit more diverse and we've seen clearly white and black members, with the most famous being the Maori Jango Fett and his many clones.
* Several characters from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', though averted with Connie since WordOfGod has stated that she's Indian, even though there may have been some speculation from her debut in "Bubble Buddies", until the "Fusion Cuisine" episode, where her last name was revealed to be Maheswaran. A good portion of the voice cast is non-white to support this. Lars is notable, as in the unaired pilot he had brown skin and dark hair but in the final show he is noticeably lighter (though not quite light skinned) and has orange hair. WordOfGod is he is not white in the show and he was later confirmed to be at least part Filipino (and possibly mixed.) However, there are still a few brown human characters whose ethnicity has not yet been specified, such as Jamie, Kevin, and Buck. This is also the case for many of [[spoiler:the Zoomans,]] but seeing as [[spoiler:they are descendants of a small group of humans from a variety different ethnic groups who have been breeding amongst themselves for years,]] it's unlikely they are any ethnicity we would recognize.
%%* Piper from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks''
* ComicBook/LexLuthor in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. He has the same skin colour as Superman, which is slightly darker than most of the other white characters — but he has fuller lips, a more prominent brow, and a voice that to many sounded like it had African-American accent (his voice actor, Clancy Brown, is white). He was supposed to look like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telly_Savalas Telly Savalas]], a Greek-American actor. In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', he is given a lighter skin tone to rectify the confusion, which led some viewers to think he'd been given a RaceLift.
* Princess Ariel in ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian.'' Justified, since you'd expect there to be different ethnicities 3000 years in the future.
* Quite a few characters on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', though WordOfGod has cleared up some of the confusion: Courtney is Hispanic, Noah is Indian, Justin is native Hawaiian and Katie is white (with a tan). Sierra remains unidentified, although it's been stated that she has German family members.
** Mostly averted with the [=TDRI=] cast, where the ethnicities of the various minority characters are pretty obvious--with the exception of Mike.
** In the [=TDPI=] cast, [[SanitySlippage Dave]]. Also [[PassionateSportsGirl Sky]], whom many think is Asian but is probably Native American (based on her outfit and the fact that she speaks Cree). Some fans also think that [[BigBadWannabe Max]] looks Asian and that [[ConspiracyTheorist Shawn]] may be Hispanic, though these are less obvious examples.
* Alex from ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''. Like many of the other examples, she's implied to be biracial. Her dad is white and her mom [[StrongFamilyResemblance looks exactly like her]] but darker; she's implied to be latina or Filipina.
* Sari from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' is a DarkSkinnedRedhead although her adopted father Isaac Sumdac is obviously Indian, complete with accent. This may or may not have been intentional, [[spoiler: it's revealed that Sari is something of a [[HalfHumanHybrid human/Cybertronian hybrid]] from a protoform absorbing Issac's DNA]]. [[SpannerInTheWorks The German dub gives Isaac a Chinese accent]]. Make of that what you will.
* Sam Alexander[=/=]Comicbook/{{Nova}} from ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' is shown to be lighter than [[ComicBook/WhiteTiger Ava]] and ComicBook/{{Luke|CageHeroForHire}}, but darker than [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Danny]] and [[Franchise/SpiderMan Peter]]. The comics establish that he's mixed race, with a white father and a Mexican mother.
* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' has Allura, Hunk, and Lance as varying shades of brown. This is a departure from [[Anime/{{Voltron}} the original source,]] which depicted the entire team as white.
** Hunk and Lance were eventually confirmed to be Samoan and Cuban, respectively, removing the ambiguity for them. Meanwhile, Allura is an alien species, so the ambiguity was likely intentional for her.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'':
** Nabu looks like he could be black, white with a tan, or Hispanic. Similar to ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', this may have been done to avoid controversy since he was engaged to Princess Aisha, the token dark-skinned fairy.
** Flora is this to fans as well. There were constant debates as to whether she was a fair skinned black girl or a tanned white girl. She's apparently supposed to be Latina, going by the WordOfGod that she was modelled after Jennifer Lopez.
* ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' :
** Word Girl gets double points for being a generically-brown girl adopted by a different-color-of generically-brown (a redder shade) family, nothing about whom seems ethnic in any specific way (last name being Botsford), and possibly another half-point for actually being a {{Human Alien|s}} foundling.
** Minor villain Miss Question is this as well, though her curly hair implies she might be black.
* X-23 from ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' is ambiguously brown despite being a [[OppositeSexClone clone]] of ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, who is white. It's explained that the Wolverine DNA sample was incomplete, so the female scientist that made her used some of her own DNA as well. Since she was [[CanonImmigrant moved to the comics]] she's generally depicted with RavenHairIvorySkin, though she occasionally appears darker, such as during her stint as ComicBook/CaptainUniverse.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There's still a good deal of debate as to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_race_controversy what the ancient Egyptians looked like]]. The general consensus is that it was a mix of multiple groups and changed constantly over the millennia as waves of immigrants moved to the area from all over the Middle East and North Africa; the main opposing view is that they were black from founding to Cleopatra (somehow).
* Contemporary descriptions of complexion can often be ambiguous or misleading to a modern reader. See, for example, the numerous references to "black" men and women in the Diary of Samuel Pepys, circa 1660. Cross-referencing to paintings of some of them, it's clear he was referring to white anglos we'd call "dark brown" or "black-haired" in today's language.
** This is certainly true because the term "black" back then simply means someone who has very dark complexion or hair, not "black" as in referring to a particular race as we know of today (in fact, the conception of race is actually a [[NewerThanTheyThink new]]). Evident when Ancient Greeks called Egyptians and Victorian British to the Indians "black"[[note]]Ancient Greek hadn't developed words for many colors, which is why ancient texts describe blood as being "green", meaning that the blood was bright and fresh[[/note]]. So this further complicates whenever a particular historical figure was mention to be "black", it's unknown if that person is referred to their tan/dark skin, hair, or had a Saharan African origin.
* This can be an issue for anyone with mixed ancestry. For example, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWkhh8z0HHc this olive-skinned person took a DNA test because part of their ethnicity was unknown]] ''even to them''. They mention that strangers often assume that they're Mexican and is brown enough to look "foreign" to everyone. The test results are traced back to a dozen ethnic groups that span the world, including England, France, all of Central and Eastern Asia, and Samoa. Ironically, they found less than 1% was from the Iberian Peninsula. They summed it up by saying they're ''Eurasian Polynesian.''