This is in response to a post by Jordan way back on Page 1: I don't feel that the character's ethnicity needs to be a point of curiosity or confusion among the other characters within the show, but rather among fans, to be considered this trope. Other characters need not discuss their curiosity about a certain character's race because who knows, the charcter in question may have explained that to the other characters beforehand. However, if you're a fan, and you find yourself wondering the race of a character because they're ambiguously brown, then it's this trope.
Take Brock from Pokemon, for example. The other characters never address his race, but he's what I would consider a perfect example of this trope.
I agree that if the character in question lives in a fictional world where the races have no relevance to real life races, then it's not this trope. Also, with regards to live-action TV, I agree that if the character
, in canon, appers to be mixed with many different races to the point where they look ambiguous, but the races that make up their ethnic background are explained in canon, then that character
is not ambiguous, and the reverse is true if the ethnicity is explained in canon. However, the actor
is ambiguous if they can play many characters of different races.
Sorry for jumping in so late.
edited 14th Aug '12 4:20:31 PM by TrueRuby