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Twofer Token Minority
"He's a diversity double-whammy!"

I'm a black, Scottish cyclops! They got more *4-second bleep* than they got the likes of me!
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Called a "twofer" by media analysts. A cast member or show participant which represents two Token Minority groups at once. More stark when most other participants on a show are white males.

Many news broadcasting teams have a white male, and a female minority member (usually black, Asian, or brown (often of Hispanic heritage). This allows them to have a diverse appearing team even though the number of people on their crew is small. This "twofer" is a practice that is common in the industry, and is commonly criticized by media watchdogs and minority interest groups. In particular, the complaint that comes up frequently is that it limits the roles and jobs available to men of color. Unfortunately some of these complaints are themselves rife with Unfortunate Implications, since they tend to treat minorities as an either-or phenomenon, so e. g. only heterosexual males count as non-twofer representatives of an ethnic group, while gays and women as well as members of religious minorities fall under automatic suspicion.

Of course, women are not actually a minority in terms of numbers, but count as such in media because of the long history of their being marginalized.

Especially when the cast is mixed in its gender, ethnical, religious etc. makeup, it often happens that you find individuals who belong to several minorities at the same time, e. e. as representative of the "melting pot" of an immigrant society through the children of an ethnically mixed couple.

Also it should be noted that there can be strong correlations between belonging to one type of minority and another, for instance in a global context most adherents of non-Christian religions also happen to belong to non-"white" ethnic groups, which from U.S. perspective makes most Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists etc. worldwide automatic "twofers" (and the female ones "threefers").

Note: Obviously, this trope is not limited to combining just two Token Minority groups.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • The X-Men and their spin-offs contain numerous members of various minorities, so it is no surprise that a great many X-characters belong to several at the same time, especially since the launch of the "All-New All-Different" team in 1975. For instance:
    • Dr. Cecilia Reyes from is a "threefer": an Afro-Puerto Rican female (technically a "fourfer" once you remember she is a mutant).
    • Along similar lines, Armando Munoz AKA Darwin is also Afro-Latino.
    • And let's not forget Ororo Munroe, a.k.a. Storm. At one point in the comics, another character actually points out that she seems to have an even mix of African, Asian, and Caucasian features.
      • The somewhat mysterious origin of the Asian/"Asian" component to her features (which are completely atypical for the African community she comes from, and seemingly unique only to her and her maternal ancestors) is actually a plot point at various times.
      • The original intent was that her unusual appearance was a minor cosmetic mutation alongside the main weather control one.
      • There was also, during Claremont's run as writer, some rather strong subtext that she's bisexual.
      • She also believes in a mysterious female deity referred to as "Goddess" or "Bright Lady", which makes her an adherent of a (probably fictional) minority religion.
    • Nightcrawler: German (especially language-wise), Roma (by adoption) and a Catholic.
    • Sunfire: Japanese and probably Shinto and/or Buddhist.
    • Banshee: The original one an Irish Catholic, his daughter (formerly Siryn) also female.
    • Kitty Pryde: Jewish and female.
    • Rogue: A woman raised by a lesbian couple who also happens to be bilingual (English and French) since childhood.
    • M (aka Monet St. Croix): A Muslim of French-Algerian parentage who's depicted as Ambiguously Brown. Her father is also generally depicted as a black man, making him a black Muslim.
    • Sunspot: Brazilian (speaker of Portuguese), son of a black father and a white mother, Catholic.
    • Magma: Depending on her origin of mixed Roman and Amerindian descent, also Palaeopagan.
    • Jubilee: A Chinese-American woman of indeterminate religion.
    • Psylocke: A white Englishwoman trapped in an Asian body.
    • Gambit: Cajun, American Francophone, Catholic.
    • Bishop: African-American, later retconned into being part Australian Aborigine.
    • Eiman and Uriel, the Apocalypse Twins, are half-Egyptian and half-Japanese.
    • Bling, one of the young Mutants trained at the Xavier Institute, is African American and bisexual. Her crush on Rogue was used as a plot point in one story.
    • Indra, one of the Indian recruits, is a Jain, member of a small religious minority not just in America, but also in his native country.
  • Magdelena Marie aka Veda from the Order is half German, half Mexican, as well as female. This is somewhat lampshaded with her dropping her last name (Neuntauben) for the media because people had trouble pronouncing it.
    • If you want to get technical, "Calamity" James Wa is an Asian amputee and Sgt. Milo Fields is a black paraplegic, as well.
  • Connor Hawke, one of DC's Green Arrows, is a mix of White, Black and Korean. Artists and colorists sometimes have trouble don't bother reflecting this in his depiction.
    • Mia Dearden, the current Speedy, is a Twofer: female and HIV positive.
  • In the Bat-Family, Cassandra Cain is a Threefer: female, Asian, and has a learning disability due to her torturous childhood. The family also has Oracle (female, handicapped). Nightwing might count in the context of the Bats: not only is he Roma, but also relatively sane.
  • Renee Montoya is the child of first-generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Afro-Latina, and a lesbian (So a threefer, maybe a fourfer if we are counting being female as a minority). This served as the focus of an award-winning arc in Gotham Central, which revolved around her involuntary outing, and as an ever-present factor in the background as she tried to make her way in the predominantly white, male Gotham City Police Department.
    • She's also an honest cop in Gotham, which is a minority all its own...
  • Katherine "Kate" Kane, the new Batwoman, is a Jewish lesbian with long (and complicated) history with Renee, which is ironic, considering that the original Batwoman and Batgirl were created in order to prove that Batman and Robin were not gay.
  • Claremont's Gen13 run had a threefer - a wheelchair-bound black Muslim. Fourfer if you count his having superpowers.
    • And the original Gen 13 had the Apache lesbian Sarah Rainmaker.
  • Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver from The Avengers are the children of a white Jewish father (Magneto) and a Roma mother.
  • Wiccan from the Young Avengers is both Jewish and gay.
    • His boyfriend Hulkling is a gay Kree-Skrull hybrid.
    • Gay-Jewish-Mutant-Romani (from his sorta, "it's-a-long-story" mother, Scarlet Witch). Hmm.
    • The same series has former New Mutant Prodigy, who is black and bisexual.
      • Ditto for Miss America (lesbian of Latina descent) and Noh-Varr (Kree-cockroach hybrid, bi/queer).
  • Kasper Cole from the Black Panther comic book series is the child of a white Jewish mother and an African American father. He ends up fathering a child with his Korean American girlfriend, who jokingly points out all the trouble the boy will likely end up having due to his unique heritage.
  • Monica Chang from Avengers A.I. is a Chinese Muslim.
  • Laura Dean, in Alpha Flight, is black, pre-pubescent, female, and autistic. Also, a mutant. (Not sure that one should count though, since it doesn't make her a minority either on the team or in the real world.)
    • Also in Alpha Flight, Centennial was both black and old (the smallest minority in all of superherodom).
    • From the original team, Northstar is gay and mutant.
  • The 2011 Teen Titans relaunch introduced Bunker, an openly-gay teenaged superhero from Mexico. He is the first gay member of the main Teen Titans branch.
  • The WildC.A.T.s character Voodoo is mixed-race (half-black and half-white) and bisexual. She was also the first black woman to have an ongoing solo series in the DC Universe.
  • In the early 1990s, Archie Comics had the short-lived black girl Anita in a wheelchair.
  • The 10 Captain Mar-Vell or Ms. Marvel codename holders include several twofer token minorities, with all who use the codename being at least either female or alien, or both. In the mainstream comics, the original Mar-Vell, his son, and Noh-Varr are the only males, and all are (Kree) aliens. Several of the women are racial minorities in the United States.
    • The first Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, the most well known holder of the names Ms Marvel and Captain Marvel, is a female human/Kree hybrid. At one point she led the Avengers team.
    • The second Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau (currently using the name Spectrum), is female and African-American. At one point she also led the Avengers team.
    • The fourth Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, is female, Pakistani-American, and has Inhuman (alien species) genes. She is also the first Muslim to headline a Marvel comics series.
  • Echo (formerly Ronin): Native American, Latina, female, and deaf. Also, a cross-dresser.
  • X-Wing Series comics don't usually touch on this trope, but "Rogue Squadron 1/2", a short comic taking place just before the run on the Death Star, has four pilots from Red Squadron on a mission. These pilots are Wedge Antilles, Biggs Darklighter, Jek "Piggy" Porkins, and "Doc" Ceresi. Doc is a Twi'lek woman, though unusually stocky and androgynous compared to how Twi'lek women are usually drawn, and she's the one who pulls a Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the comic. Everyone else is a human male. Everyone in Red Squadron, as seen in A New Hope, is human and male. Wedge's Gamble later tried to justify this, saying that the Rebellion, in the beginning, was almost entirely a human endeavor, with only a few nonhumans in until the movement started to get off the ground.
    • And of course the Darklighter comic drew Doc as slinky, slender, and clinging to her human male wingmates, once again highlighting that one of these things is not like the others.
  • Scandal Savage from the Secret Six is a biracial (half white, half Native Brazillian) lesbian.
  • The time-travelling DC Comics hero Chronos (no, not the supervillain) is Walker Gabriel. He was adopted as a kid and didn't learn his background till years later, although he was obviously non-white. It turns out he's half-Chinese and half-ancient Mayan. His adoptive parents, incidentally, were also a mixed couple, his dad being white and his mother Asian. In the alternate timeline created when he saves his mother's life by erasing his own history, they adopt a little white girl, instead.
  • Sunfire from Judd Winick's run on Marvel's Exiles was a Japanese lesbian. She was also in an interracial relationship with an Alternate Universe version of Spider-Woman.
  • In the 90's, DC introduced a character who was half-black, half-Vietnamese. Unfortunately, they named him Mongrel.
  • The New Warriors had Silhouette, who was half-black, half-Cambodian, female, and fought crime on crutches.
  • In Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers, Shilo Norman (long established as the black Mr Miracle) is also Ambiguously Jewish.
  • Ultimate Marvel has introduced Miles Morales, a half black, half Latino child, as the new Spider-Man.
  • Even among the Five-Token Band cast of the original Atari Force, Li San O'Rourke stood out for being a Chinese/Irish character, just so the writers could squeeze in an extra ethnicity.
  • Doom Patrol has the villainous Monsieur Mallah, who is a threefer minority: French, homosexual, and a talking gorilla. Yes, there are enough in that last category on DC Earth for it to qualify as a minority rather than happenstance, they even have their own city in Africa.
  • Ren Kimura from Fearless Defenders is Japanese-American and a lesbian. She's also an Inhuman.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Glee fanfic Story of Three Boys, Puck mentions a few times that he suppressed his homosexuality more or less subconsciously for years, because it was bad enough that he was the poor, Jewish kid whose dad left.
  • Dr. Warragul Wirrpanda of Bait and Switch is of Australian Aboriginal descent, making him effectively black and South Asian simultaneously. He's also the Token Human in a command crew otherwise comprised entirely of Rubber-Forehead Aliens (two Bajorans, two Andorians, a Trill, and a Pe'khdar).

    Film 
  • The Family Stone had a deaf, gay son who was dating a black man.
  • In the 2008 remake of The Women, Jada Pinkett Smith plays a black lesbian.
  • The movie Chasing Amy includes the character Hooper X, a gay black comic writer posing as a militant black panther expy in order to sell more comics.
  • Dr Joshua Strongbear Sweet in Atlantis: The Lost Empire is half African-American, half Arapaho.
  • In Roger and Hammerstein's 1997 version of Cinderella, you have a black female for Cinderella (which may or may not count) and the Prince is Asian with a black mother and white father (a threefer).
  • Taylor in High School Musical, black and female.
  • In the movie Cherish, there's a character who is a Jewish gay dwarf who is also wheelchair bound. He points out at one point how he seems to be beaten with an unlucky stick.
  • In Rising Sun, Tia Carrere (herself a twofer) plays a video footage analyst with mixed African-American and Japanese parentage and a withered hand since birth. She explains that this led to her being ostracized and labelled an outcast in her native Japan.
  • Tomboy from Survival of the Dead is a Black Lesbian which makes her a three-fer.
  • 15-year-old Leonardo in the Brazilian short film Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho (I Don't Want to Go Back Alone): blind and is also gay. He's refreshingly blasé about both matters.
  • Mako Mori in Pacific Rim is the sole female in the main cast and she is Japanese.

    Jokes 
  • There is an old joke about a Jew and a black man sitting next to each other on a plane. The Jew notices that the other guy is reading a newspaper in Yiddish and quips "Is being black not enough for you?".
  • In Brazil, there is one where a black Jew is asked if he suffers, and he answers in Argentinian accent, "pibe, vos aún no sabes lo peooorr!" ("you don't know the worst part!).
  • Comedian Jasper Redd talked about how Atlanta, Georgia had the highest percentage of gay black men in the south:
    "That's unfortunate. Those are two things you really don't want to be in Georgia. The only way to make that worse is if you were a midget."

    Literature 
  • Dekka of Gone is a black lesbian. And a Moof, which makes her threefer in the novel's universe. She lampshades it.
    Dekka: "I'm black and I'm lesbian, so believe me, there are always lines."
    • Also, Edilio is Honduran and gay.
  • Susannah Dean of Stephen King's The Dark Tower is black, female, legless and has multiple personality disorder; notably, every other member of her ka-tet is a white male, except for Oy, who is a billy-bumbler (but Oy is male as well).
  • Angua in the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, at least in the first book. Later, other women (mostly dwarves) join the force.
    • Played with because only one of her minority statuses is evident. For example, she says "Is this because I'm a w—" and gets cut off before you know she's actually trying to say "werewolf," not "woman."
  • In Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, the main character has deliberately hired a twofer:
    "Since most hackers are white males, their companies are disaster areas when it comes to diversity, and it follows that all of the diversity must be concentrated in the one or two employees who are not hackers. In the part of a federal equal-opportunity form where Randy would simply check a box labeled CAUCASIAN, Kia would have to attach multiple sheets on which her family tree would be ramified backwards through time ten or twelve generations until reaching ancestors who could actually be pegged to one specific ethnic group without glossing anything over, and those ethnic groups would be intimidatingly hip ones—not Swedes, let's say, but Lapps, and not Chinese but Hakka, and not Spanish but Basque."
  • On the subject of Neil Stephenson, Snow Crash's protagonist (named, oddly enough, "Hiro Protagonist") is half black, half Asian. This is referenced multiple times throughout the novel, particularly when a patron of the white supremacist "New South Africa" asks which slur Hiro would prefer to be identified by.
  • The Dresden Files gives us black Russian man Sanya. Possible threefer, given he's an agnostic Knight of the Cross. When asked about his past, Sanya noted that he had to be careful when visiting small towns, because he was such an oddity that he caused accidents when motorists took their eyes off the road to stare at him. Of course, this made him quite angry and resentful when he was a young man, which made him an ideal target for the temptations of the Denarians.
  • Lampshaded by Reba in Red Dragon, the novel to which The Silence of the Lambs is the significantly better-known sequel. She herself is a blind woman who works for a photographic film processing company; she jokes that between her and another woman, the company managed to pack eight different minorities into two hires.
  • John Birmingham's Axis of Time trilogy featured a female black lesbian naval Captain. Considering the series is about a naval taskforce from 2021 being sent back in time to 1942, it didn't end well for her.
    • The female British captain with Pakistani heritage fared better, though it was an uphill battle. Is having two twofers itself a twofer?
  • The two brothers from Holly Black's Valiant are Hispanic and African American.
  • Frank Zhang from The Heroes of Olympus is Chinese/Canadian with Greek ancestry.
    • Sammy is a Mexican-American mortal. That would make his grandson Leo be part-black, too.
  • In Going Bovine, there's Gonzo, a hypochondriac Mexican dwarf who is later revealed to be gay.
  • Nijinsky from BZRK by Michael Grant is Asian and gay.
  • Holly Black's Modern Faerie trilogy gives us Luis, who is black and is also gay.
  • The Mediochre Q Seth Series takes this Up to Eleven with Melz, who is old, disabled, female, blind, deaf and technically a witch when you think about it.
  • In the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series, Magnus Bane is biracial (part Asian) and a self-proclaimed "freewheeling bisexual." And a warlock to boot.
  • In Island in the Sea of Time, Capt. Marion Alston is a black lesbian.

    Live Action TV 
  • Unique from Glee is black and transgender.
    • Rachel's dads are both gay and Jewish. One of them is black.
    • And Santana is a Latina lesbian.
    • Jake Puckerman is half black and Jewish.
    • Blaine is gay and biracial (At least his actor Darren Criss is biracial. There's been a few comments on the show that imply Blaine is as well but his race has never been explicitly stated).
  • Big Time Rush has Kelly who is black and a woman (and also the Only Sane Man, if you count that)
  • Celebrity Big Brother Australia, had Anthony Mundine, an Aboriginal Muslim.
  • Thanks to racial blind-casting in Grey's Anatomy , Dr. Cristina Yang is Korean, Jewish-turned-atheist, and dyslexic. The explanation is that her Korean mother married a Jewish man after Cristina was born and thus the whole family converted. Now if ONLY the TV show could've been less afraid of showing gay people...
    • Cristina is also the academic equivalent of a Twofer - a Ph.D.-M.D.
    • Callie Torres, the resident Latina, is a lesbian at the moment, making her a threefer. She's definitely been confirmed as bisexual (although it was admittedly sudden and out of nowhere).
    • As of season nine, we now have Arizona Robbins: lesbian and amputee.
  • Probably the most notable and obvious example is Uhura from Star Trek, who was black and female (and was almost the only recurring character with either of these characteristics).
    • Hikaru Sulu has both Japanese and Filipino racial origins, intended to represent all of Asia to the audience.
      • Actually, Sulu was intended to be of solely Japanese origin. It was only when the producers found out Sulu wasn't a Japanese name they changed his origin to Japanese/Filipino.
    • Hoshi on Star Trek: Enterprise (Asian and female).
    • Geordi LaForge on Star Trek: The Next Generation (black and blind).
      • He was originally going to be gay as well.
  • Another old example is Juan Epstein on Welcome Back, Kotter, a Puerto Rican Jew.
  • Carter from Spin City (black and gay). Lampshaded in an episode where Carter refers to himself as a minority and a character sarcastically remarks "What do you mean, a "minority"? You're black and you're gay. You cover up two thirds of the Earth's surface. You're like water."
    • There was also Janelle, a black woman, which came in handy when the Mayor was accused of being a racist. Not only did he bring up the various civil rights marches he took part in, he states 'I'm even dating a black woman'.
  • Lisa Gay Hamilton on The Practice (black and female).
    • Although there was also Eugene, a black man, and for most of the show's run the women outnumbered the men five to three.
  • Lt. Van Buren on Law & Order (black and female). This is lampshaded in one episode, where she notes that people probably think she got the job (as police lieutenant, not actress in a hit legal drama) for diversity reasons.
    • In reality, that was the point of casting the actress. Originally, the cast of Law & Order consisted of six males, only one of whom was a minority. Two men were dropped from the cast (including the black male) and replaced with a white woman and a black woman.
    • In the later seasons, Connie Rubirosa got the double whammy of being latina and a woman, working directly under conservative Michael Cutter and old-guard liberal Jack McCoy.
    • Dr. George Huang from SVU is Asian-American and gay.
    • And on Law & Order: UK, Freema Agyeman (who is black) as the assistant prosecutor.
  • Cambridge on Pie in the Sky (black and female) — may not count, since the series has multiple female recurring characters, but worth mentioning because she's a Twofer Token Minority in-story, picked by her Pointy-Haired Boss as an efficient way of demonstrating his equal-opportunity-employer credentials.
  • Marissa on Early Edition takes this one step further: She's black, female, and blind.
  • Toshiko Sato on Torchwood, who's Asian, female and bisexual. The last one might not count since Everyone Is Bi.
  • Lampshaded in Doctor Who The Sound of Drums when the Master points out the diversity of the Doctor's "little band" of suddenly-fugitives: Martha Jones is black and female, Jack Harkness is a pansexual white male.
  • Djaq on the BBC Robin Hood, female and Arab.
  • Stevie from Malcolm in the Middle lampshades this, noting that as a black, asthmatic man in a wheelchair, he can get pretty much any job he wants with his "tokenism".
  • James Spurlock from 30 Rock is actually called "Toofer" because as one character says "with him you get a two-for-one; he's a black guy and a Harvard guy."
    • Though a later episode had the gang coming up with new nicknames for him, one of which was "Threefer, because you're also gay!"
    • This is Lampshaded in a later episode. Floyd interviews for a high-level job; Jack thinks he's a shoo-in until they see that the other candidate for the job is a handicapped black man. "You're not beating that."
  • "Original Cindy" from Dark Angel is a black lesbian.
  • Bobby D. (the D stands for Dershowitz) from In Plain Sight is black and Jewish.
  • Invoked in an episode of The Drew Carey Show, where Drew's brother Steve lost his job at Winnfred-Lauder due to being a crossdresser. After Drew manages to get Steve his job back, Drew asks if Steve is gay. When Steve replies he isn't, Drew says "That's a shame. If you were a gay crossdresser, I could have had you made vice president!" (paraphrased)
  • Willow from Buffy, who describes herself in Season 8 (the comic) as a "gay Wiccan Jewess".
  • In Modern Family, Mitchell and Cameron want to get Lily into an exclusive preschool and figure that they're shoo-ins because she's an adopted Vietnamese girl with two gay dads. They get beaten by an interracial lesbian couple, one of whom is Indian and disabled, with an adopted African baby.
  • This is the entire main cast of Noah's Arc (African-American or Latino and gay), so the Token part doesn't really qualify.
  • Angela Pearly-Gates Montenegro Hodgins in Bones is a "threefer": a half-Asian bisexual female. She's also the daughter of Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and picked her middle name from his guitar.
    • Cam is a African-American female.
  • Castle starts with the recurring character of Dr. Lanie Parish (African-American female), the local medical examiner and Kate's best friend. The latest season also adds Captain Victoria Gates of the same minority groups.
  • Yes, Minister: "The perfect representative on a government committee is a disabled black Welsh woman trades-unionist."
  • Teal'c on Stargate SG-1 is a weird version of this. He's the Token Black Guy and the Token Nonhuman.
  • On The Sopranos, Meadow briefly dates Noah, a half-black, half-Jewish student at NYU. Tony, being the rather, uh, old fashioned father that he is, is not amused.
  • Australian comedy Outland had Rae, an aboriginal wheelchair-using homosexualist.
  • Leah, a black Canadian woman, joins Team One in Flashpoint after Lewis' death.
  • Smash's Sam Strickland subverts this. He's both gay and black, but he's a big sports fan and a regular churchgoer, two traits not often found among actors/dancers. The actor who plays him downplays his sexuality in interviews, saying it shouldn't matter.
  • Danny, on Teen Wolf, is Hawaiian and gay.
  • Norton on War of the Worlds is a black guy in a wheelchair, though the show also features the Native American Paul Ironhorse. Until the start of the second season, when they both get killed.
  • Agent One on Wizards of Waverly Place is a black man in a wheelchair.
  • An episode of Andy Richter Controls The Universe has the main cast competing to find someone to fill a job opening, with the reward of a $5000 finders fee. Knowing they're looking for diversity, they try to one-up each other, culminating in Keith Richards having found a one armed, gay, native American little person (... who sadly wasn't a technical writer, but still).
    • Similarly in an older example from The John Larroquette Show, a manager position opens at the bus company which John mentions applying for. As the main cast boasts their ethnic background advantages over John being a white male, the next interviewee enters, a black, blind woman in a wheelchair. Everyone else immediately gives up and leaves.
  • On The Last Ship, Lt. Granderson is a black lesbian.

    Music 
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic invoked this with a threefer in the song "Jerry Springer".
    "It's been three days since the bitter feud between the KKK and that gay Jewish Black dude."

    Professional Wrestling 
  • TNA has Orlando Jordan: Black and openly Bisexual.
  • Darren Young, black and gay

    Theatre 

    Video Games 
  • Sean Matsuda from Street Fighter III is Afro-Brazilian and Japanese.
  • Alyx Vance in Half-Life 2 is a woman of black and Asian descent... which would make her a three-fer.
    • Her dad, Eli, is black and has a prosthetic leg.
  • The Demoman of Team Fortress 2 calls himself a "a black Scottish cyclops", and laments that there're more f-<extended bleep> that the likes of him.
    • But only because he hasn't lost both eyes like the rest of his clan always does by his age.
  • Rochelle in Left 4 Dead 2 is a black woman.
    • However there is also Coach, a black man. This is a step up from the first game which had two white males, a black man and a white woman (also known as the bare minimum of multi-culti).
  • The main cast of Grand Theft Auto IV includes a local druglady Elizabeta Torres (Black/Hispanic female who is also implied to be lesbian or bisexual).
    • And the Ballad of Gay Tony introduces eponymous Anthony Price who is black and homosexual.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution has Arie van Bruggen, a black bisexual Middle-eastern/Dutch hacker who speaks with a Caribbean accent.
  • In almost every game he appears in, Moby Jones of SSX is both the only black and the only British character. The exception was SSX Tricky, where he was joined by Seeiah, an African-American woman.
  • Redguards from The Elder Scrolls, they are black people that live on a desert and dress in Islamic clothing. They represent both, the Black and the Arabs.
    • They also have Japanese traits, though mostly in their backstory.
  • Ashley Williams in Mass Effect is a woman, Hispanic, and the only openly religious person in a traditionally-atheist genre. Subverted, however, in that Mass Effect tends to make everyone the unique representative of some group on the team.

    Web Original 
  • From That Guy with the Glasses:
  • Zaboo in The Guild is a self described "Hinjew", half Indian, half Jewish.
  • Chaka, among others in the Whateley Universe. Chaka is a black female bisexual transgender mutant. Is there such a thing as a fivefer? (Pretty much everyone in Poe Cottage at Whateley Academy is automatically a twofer or threefer, since they're all mutants and all LGBTI, and about half of them are female.)
    • And she's 'running up the walls' hyperactive. Sixfer?
    • Totem and Lady Astarte count as mutants with that rarest of minorities in superhero works: age. Totem is over a hundred, and Lady Astarte is in her seventies. Both are still badass.
  • Statless And Tactless: "Soo" is shorthand for "Soraya", a middle-eastern name. She's also the only woman in the group.
  • Carlos The Scientist from Welcome to Night Vale is a gay Latino man. Possibly some others count also, but character descriptions are kept deliberately vague, so its hard to be sure.
  • Parodied on SF Debris in a mock discussion between the producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation over whether or not Geordie LaForge could be written as black, blind, and gay.

    Western Animation 
  • Foxxy Love on Drawn Together is also a threefer: black, female, and bisexual (though Everyone Is Bi according to Rule of Funny).
  • Elisa Maza from Gargoyles: originally the only major female hero, with a black mother and Native American father.
    • Originally Elisa was Hispanic. She was made half-black and half-Native American to match her voice actress, Salli Richardson.
  • When Dale on King of the Hill is being opposed for Gun Club President, he states that his opponent has "already got the black vote — Earl — and the gay vote — Earl."
  • Asian Reporter Tricia Takanawa on Family Guy. (Asian and female) But that is, of course, part of the point.
  • Supposedly Alexis in Transformers Armada is Vietnamese. However, it's never mentioned anywhere but a writer interview and she looks pretty dang white, so it might not count.
  • Transformers Animated has the Indian girl Sari as the main human character.
  • Transformers Prime has Miko, who is Japanese and the only girl of the three human sidekicks.
  • Isabella Garcia-Shapiro from Phineas and Ferb - the only female in the Five-Man Band, she is half Hispanic (specifically Mexican) and half Jewish.
    • Danville apparently has enough of a Mexican-Jewish population to hold a Mexican-Jewish Cultural Festival. Oy-le!
      • In fact, given the fact that her mother, Mrs. Garcia-Shapiro, attends that festival and displays some ashkenazi traits, it's possible that Isabella is fully Jewish and half Mexican, or even fully both, depending on her father's ethnicity (he's tan and somewhat hook-nosed, though not offensively so); It might have been his parents whose last names were originally Garcia and Shapiro, after all.
  • Lena Mack from Street Sharks. She's also virtually the only woman there.
    • Augura of Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 (black female in a team of guys) is pretty much a younger version of Lena.
    • Not the first time a Nerd Corps show used this trope, as before Augura, there was Piper of the Storm Hawks — who is also Ambiguously Gay. (In both cases, one can argue for another character sharing one of their minority traits: the Storm Hawks also have the dark-skinned rhino-like Junko, while the Battle Force 5 get their intel from a female sentient, and another of the 5 guys is from Thailand.)
  • Conway Stern in the Archer episode "Diversity Hire" is black and Jewish. As the episode name suggests, he was hired specifically so that ISIS could maintain its minority quotas, with Malory even introducing him as a "diversity double-whammy". Of course, as he latter reveals that his identity was fake and insists that Conway Stern isn't his real name, it could mean that he lied about being Jewish.
  • Mack from Bro Town: it isn't easy being a Scottish-Jewish-Samoan (and ambiguously gay) [1]
  • Numbuh 5 from Codename: Kids Next Door is a black French-American girl.
  • Tish Katsufrakis the eastern European, Jewish vegetarian girl on The Weekenders.
  • Skysurfer Strike Force gives us Kim Sakai a.k.a. Sliced Ice, she's Asian and the only woman on the heroes' side.
  • Madison Spaghettini Papadopoulos from Class of 3000 is at least part Italian and part Greek going by her name alone.

    Real Life 
  • Condoleezza Rice—black, female, rumoured to be gay. Even if the third one isn't true, though, throw in her being a neoconservative politician and you have a very rare gem indeed.
  • Stand-up comedian Margaret Cho is a Korean-American female Fag Hag/bisexual, making her a threefer (by her own standards, at least).
  • CNN reporter Soledad O'Brien: female, black, Hispanic.
  • Comedian Stephen K. Amos, black and gay.
  • Hirax frontman Katon W. De Pena, black guy of Hispanic descent (hence the name), and singer for a thrash metal band. Black singers in metal are pretty rare but almost non-existent in thrash.
  • Lenny Kravitz was born to wealthy parents - a Jewish father who was an NBC producer, and a black Bahamian mother who was an well known actress. Kravitz also used to sing in choirs. Despite this, he is known for his funk-rock and soul music. Kravitz is not as critically respected as he would be without his background.
  • Much of the discussion around who Barack Obama might nominate to the Supreme Court has centered on such twofers as Sonia Sotomayor (female and Hispanic) and Kathleen Sullivan (female and gay). Sotomayor ultimately got the nod.
  • In the 1930s, Justice Benjamin Cardozo was both Hispanic and Jewish. His ethnic ancestry was downplayed in recent years to allow Sotomayor to take full credit as the first Latino Supreme Court Justice. As a Hispanic, Cardozo was from Spain, not Latin America.
  • Current Australian Federal Minister for Climate Change and Water, Penelope "Penny" Ying-yen Wong, Asian lesbian.
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. was Black, Hispanic and Jewish. In his own words, "When I move into a neighborhood, I wipe it out!" Underlined by his golf one-liner, "Talk about a handicap, I'm a one-eyed Negro Jew!"
    • and possibly bisexual.
    • Or, as one story goes, Frank Sinatra described him: "You're short, you're one-eyed, and I heard somewhere you're Jewish. Don't be afraid!"
  • Christopher Titus has a joke about his in his material, talking to his kid while watching CNN; "You see that lady there? She's part black, part Japanese, and part Native American. Networks don't like to hire too many minorities so they pack as many as they can into one person." (paraphrased)
  • U.S. Representative Barney Frank is Jewish and gay.
  • Canada's two most recent Governor Generals, Adrienne Clarkson (born in Hong Kong) and Michelle Jean (born in Haiti) were non-white and female, as well as both being born outside of Canada.
  • Rosario Dawson is 1/4 Afro-Cuban, 1/4 Afro-Puerto Rican, 1/4 Native American (Apache-Seminole), and 1/4 Irish.
  • Comedian Freddie Prinze (best known to this generation as Buffy's father-in-law); half Puerto Rican, half Hungarian Jew. He once had a bit where he asked his parents how they met, they said they were on a bus, trying to pick each other's pockets.
  • Richard Pryor; half African-American, half Afro-Puerto Rican.
  • In Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds we have Kid Congo Powers, who is Mexican and gay, in a band of (allegedly, there was that one time Nick and Blixa kissed, and Nick's manlove comments in his autobiography)) straight white guys.
  • Writer Audre Lorde, who was black, lesbian, and legally blind.
  • Enka singer Jero is African-American, one-quarter Japanese, and an emigrant to Japan.
  • British actress Sophie Okonedo, who is half Nigerian, half Ashkenazi Jew. After she and her Irish partner gave birth to a daughter, she quipped "She's going to be an Irish, Nigerian Jew."
  • Tiger Woods certainly fits in this trope; He's 1/4 African-American, 1/4 Thai, 1/4 Chinese, 1/8 Native-American and 1/8 Dutch. He even has created a word for his ethnic make-up (Cablinasian).
  • Bruce Lee, and also his children, Brandon and Shannon Lee count as this. Bruce Lee was 3/4 Chinese and 1/4 German. His children thus were mixed Chinese, German, Anglo-Saxon and Swedish.
  • In the band The Black Eyed Peas, apl.de.ap is a Black Filipino, Fergie is white, native American, Mexican, and female, and Taboo is Mexican and Shoshone.
  • Thin Lizzy singer/bassist Phil Lynott: half Irish, half black Guyanese. Born in Manchester, England due to his mother moving there, but grew up with his grandparents in Ireland. Lynott also idolised Jimi Hendrix, yet was a bass player. People nevertheless see him as a quintessinially Irish musician. The band had also included Scott Gorham, an American, Brian Robertson, Scottish, and Snowy White/John Skyes, both English. Brian Downey was the only person to be entirely Irish. Even Gary Moore was Northern Irish, whereas the other two were from Dublin.
  • Zheng He, 15th-century Chinese explorer (mentioned above in Comic Books) has got to count: Muslim and a eunuch.
  • Freddie Mercury was both Asian (South Asian, to be specific) and bisexual.
  • The former French Minister of Parliamentary Relations and current Ambassador to the OECD, Roger Karroutchi, is a threefer: he's gay, Moroccan, and Jewish.
  • Zaha Hadid, the world's most prominent female architect, is an Iraqi Muslim.
  • Mia Love, current mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah is a female Mormon Republican of Haitian descent.
  • British comedian Paul Sindha: Indian and gay (not a threefer as he so far is only known in Britain)
  • Jani Toivola - a Finnish actor, dancer, and politician - is black and homosexual.
    • Extra impressive, as Finland is stereotyped by it's neighbours as being a) extremely ethnically homogeneous and b) very homophobic.
  • George Takei is Asian (Japanese, to be specific) and gay.
  • Bayard Rustin was a close friend of Martin Luther King Jr. who influenced him to take a non-violent stance. He was black, openly gay (in 1950's America) and was a Quaker.
  • Maya Rudolph, born to a black mother and a Jewish father.
  • Snoop Dogg is black and Native American (a DNA test found his ancestry to be 23% Native American, 6% European, and 71% African), as well as being part of a minority religion (Rastafarianism) since 2012.
  • Brazilian comedienne\Ms. Fanservice (and former Big Brother contestant) Sabrina Sato is half Japanese (maternal side), 1/4 Swiss and 1/4 Lebanese (paternal side), and a heavily-accented hillbilly to boot.


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