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One of them is not like the others (no, not the guy without a helmet).

This trope comes into play when an actor is cast for a role in a historical setting who would appear to be of an unlikely ethnicity to portray such a role, usually because the population of the historical setting tended to be predominately inhabited by people of a different ethnicity.

This may occur because the writers are unaware of the actual ethnic composition of the historical setting, value diversity over historical accuracy, have budget problems, or a myriad of other reasons. If the work is a comedy, this may also be simply Rule of Funny.

Depending on the time and place, this can actually be surprisingly realistic. Trade cities have always been ethnic mash-ups, and soldiers and sailors have always been extraordinarily diverse lots (see Moby-Dick for one such diverse crew of sailors). Some racial groups traveled farther from home much sooner than most people would assume—William Shakespeare didn't get the idea of a Moor in Venice from nowhere, nor did Emily Brontë get the idea of an Ambiguously Brown foundling raised by a pre-Regency English family from nowhere. Vikings in particular captured slaves from the non-Norse ethnic groups they raided, who could later be freed, and sometimes (albeit rarely) these freed slaves could become Vikings themselves. Thus a literal Black Viking would be quite unusual but not impossible. But — as there are no records of any black Vikings at all, and such a person would certainly have been noteworthy or at least a matter of curiosity, an educated guess might be, that there actually were none.


It is possible that when a Black Viking appears in film or TV, the character is not intended to be seen as the same race as the actor. The actor used might have simply been the best available for the role, and the writers are merely asking us to use our imagination to make the actor's physical appearance fit the character's. This is actually standard doctrine for modern stage theatrical productions as is called "non-traditional" or colour-blind casting, referring to "the casting of ethnic minority and female actors in roles where race, ethnicity, or sex is not germane", in other words, where it is not relevant to the plot; Othello can never be played by a white actor, for instance, because his blackness is central to the plot (aside from special productions like one with Patrick Stewart in the title role while every other character is Black).


A Sub-Trope of Politically Correct History and Colorblind Casting. Compare with Not Even Bothering with the Accent and Race Lift. Related to Western Samurai, when a non-Japanese character is a samurai right down to the armor and strict adherence to the code of bushido.

No Real Life Examples, Please!. This is strictly a casting trope and not intended for use to describe historical figures.


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  • A late-1990s multimedia ad campaign for Three Musketeers candy bars portrayed the Musketeers in claymation and comic book art. One of the Musketeers was black. Later commercials replaced the short white Musketeer with a short Latino. Alexandre Dumas was himself one-quarter black, though he lived 200 years after the events of his story.
  • One Capital One commercial features a black Visigoth. (Yes, they are supposed to be Visigoths, though they dress like stereotypical Horny Vikings.)
  • An early 2000s commercial for Kim's potato crisps featured a black African as the cook of the Viking ship. Considering everything else historically inaccurate in the commercialTo whit... , it was very much Played for Laughs.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Fushigi Yuugi, Nakago is blonde-haired and blue-eyed, yet lives in ancient China. He's explicitly stated to be a foreigner and later revealed to be a member of a tribe that lived in the Kutou region that tended to have those traits. There might be some factual basis to this.
  • Karin from UQ Holder! could easily pass as being Japanese, despite the fact though she's implied to be a Gender Flipped Judas Iscariot.
  • Lampshaded in Full Metal Panic! when Sousuke explains to Nami that he learned to pilot Arm Slaves in the mujahideen when he was a preteen. Nami buys the age much more readily than the faction.
    Nami: Oh, I see–wait, a mujahid?! How does a Japanese kid become an Afghani guerrilla?

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  • Subverted in an issue of The Sandman featuring the immortal Hob Gadling attending a Renaissance fair with his current girlfriend (and making a lot of cutting comments about it.) When Hob asks his girlfriend why she isn't the Queen of the Fair, she points out her ethnicity (she's black) and the fact that the fair is trying to be at least a little authentic (she specifically says, "There were no black Queens of England.") To which Hob immediately replies, "Catherine of Aragon. If she'd been living in Selma, Alabama in the early 60s, they'd have made her ride at the back of the bus." Presumably, he would have to have been referring to the "just one drop" rule since it has been claimed, although not substantiated, that Catherine of Aragon had a black (or Moorish) ancestor just a few generations back, considering that Catherine had red hair, blue eyes, and very fair skin.
  • At least once, the African-American soldier Gabe Jones, of Nick Fury's Howling Commandos, impersonated a German soldier. He appeared to have no greater or lesser difficulty pulling this off than any of the white Howlers, which is actually a case of Reality Is Unrealistic. Gabe's presence in the Howling Commandos is itself an example, though, as the US Army was segregated during World War II. The same can be said of Jackie Johnson in Sgt. Rock's Easy Company.
    • Although as noted on other pages, the Commandos and Easy Company were select units so their commanders had discretion over personnel decisions.
  • In Frank Miller's 300, King Xerxes of Persia looks more black than Persian. Less so in the movie.
  • In Truth: Red, White, and Black, a Nazi sympathizer WWII vet lectures a black man about Germany's political motivations for war. The black man knows all about it — his family is German going back generations, ever since Germany colonized what is now Namibia in the 1800s. His grandfather fought on their side in WWI and wasn't interned in the camps because of his veteran status.
  • Wonder Woman: The first example of this trope in the series was the Silver Age character Nubia who was Diana's long lost, black sister who was also made of clay but was kidnapped by Ares. Since the Perez run from the 1980s, the Amazons of Themyscira have been shown as being a multi-racial society with Amazons from Europe, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. There is also a separate tribe of mostly black and Arab Amazons called the Bana-Mighdall which Artemis comes from.
  • In Lucifer (2000 series), an immortal woman currently going by "Paulina" was once Erishad, a priestess in ancient Chaldea (a kingdom in first-millenium B.C.E. Mesopotamia, now Iraq). A flashback depicts her as a natural blonde even then. This would've been near impossible within a region where everyone was dark-haired, and which as far as we know wouldn't have had any contact with northern Europeans until over two thousand years later.

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  • The Secret of Kells has Italian, British, Chinese, and African monks living in the monastery in Ireland. As recounted in How The Irish Saved Civilization, though, refugees from all over the Roman world went to Ireland fleeing the barbarian horde, so the monks of Ireland at the time would, in theory, be cosmopolitan, although Chinese would be pushing it a bit even then.
  • Frozen II has Captain Mattias, a black soldier in a 19th-century Scandinavian kingdom. The fact that he's black is less jarring than the fact that he and his soldiers still use medieval swords and shields. Mathias implies that his father moved to Arendelle, making him a first-generation immigrant, which could possibly avert this trope.

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  • Pictured above is The Norseman, a 1978 film that features the late Deacon Jones as an African thrall (a.k.a. slave). Which, by itself, isn't really that egregious. Vikings would enslave some captives of any race as thralls, and sometimes freed thralls would become Vikings themselves. If there were any historical black Vikings, this is how it could've happened, albeit there is no existing evidence for them.
  • A Kid in King Arthur's Court had black people fully integrated into a Theme Park Version of King Arthur's court with no explanation given whatsoever (though considering the King Arthur of popular culture is a myth, this can be excused).
  • Moors in the Merry Men of Robin Hood, something introduced with the character of Nasir in ITV's Robin of Sherwood, and subsequently taken-up in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Azeem, and the latest series from The BBC (not to mention Achoo in Men in Tights). The BBC version takes this trend a step further, as there is at least one black character working for the Sheriff, and a black thief is taken seriously when she claims to be the leader of an order of nuns; unlike the Arabic characters, the black characters are portrayed as fully accepted members of medieval English society.
  • The live action version of Beauty and the Beast (2017) has a number of black people at the Prince's party. While the black singer is possible, though unlikely, in 18th Century France, black courtiers (the dancers) are pretty unlikely - though not impossible, as was demonstrated by Thomas-Alexandre Dumas (father of Alexandre Dumas), a mixed-race general during the French Revolutionary Wars towards the end of the 18th century.
  • In the feature film adaption of Wild Wild West, Will Smith, a black man, is cast as the protagonist, James West, a U.S. Army officer in 1869. The first post-war black U.S. Army officer, Henry O. Flipper, was commissioned on his graduation from West Point in 1877. This is perhaps excusable given that the film also features a giant mechanical tarantula, so it's clearly operating on Rule of Cool rather than aiming for any sort of historical accuracy.
  • Both averted and played straight in Black Knight (2001). When Martin Lawrence travels to medieval England and becomes a Fish out of Temporal Water, he is called a "Moor" in a disrespectful tone and runs into conflict a few times because of his skin color. Yet when he arrives at the castle there is a black chambermaid there and nobody seems to care. It was all just a dream anyway.
  • In Much Ado About Nothing (1993), the character Don Pedro is the Prince of Aragon and played by Denzel Washington. While Spain was occupied for several centuries by the Moors, the Spaniards were nearly obsessed with limpieza de sangre or "purity of blood", and the aristocratic class was the worst. Furthermore, Moors were usually Arabs or Berbers whose skin tone ranges from light to brown. It might have been a stylish choice to make his illegitimate brother's deep hatred for him more obvious. Otherwise, this would have to get across by Keanu Reeves's acting ability.
  • Kenneth Branagh's version of Hamlet has a few black people among the staff of the Danish castle, including one woman who was originally a "gentleman" in the play. The film updates the time period to somewhere in the 1800s, but that doesn't change much. Although it would have been slightly less likely in the 16th century since the Virgin Islands were a Danish colony until the Great War.
  • M*A*S*H, set during the Korean War, featured a black surgeon. The TV show followed suit for a few episodes until the anachronism was pointed out to the producers. While ostensibly set in the 1950s, M*A*S*H was ultimately pretty much a mix of Vietnam War and (then-) Present-Day Past, anyway. Presumably, the producers never bothered to check any sources about the 8055th MASH, the real unit in Korea the movie was based on, which did have a black surgeon on staff (the U.S. Army wasn't fully integrated until 1954, one year after the Korean conflict ended, but piecemeal integration had occurred in the 1940s and even earlier).
  • Force 10 from Navarone does its best to avert this trope and use it too. Carl "Apollo Creed" Weathers unknowingly forces his way into the middle of a plane full of commandos flying to Yugoslavia to fight the Nazis. The frustrated commandos immediately point out how much Weathers will stick out in Yugoslavia, complete with a snide comment about a Zulu invasion. When they land, the leader of the native force they join up with is bemused by his appearance to the point of pretending to wipe the blackness off of Weathers' face.
  • Thor, based on the comic book, has two examples of non-whites among Norse Gods. In the movie, the idea is put forth that the Asgardians aren't really gods but extradimensional beings that the Scandinavians mistook for deities after seeing them battle Frost Giants on Earth. It's also a matter of the Asgardians in the Marvel universe not actually being exactly the same as real-world Aesir mythology. Finally, it's worth noting that the Norse got everywhere, and some of their major trade and immigration routes were to the Black Sea around modern Ukraine and modern Turkey where they ended up providing the Byzantine Empire's famous Varangian Guard, and the Mediterranean (where their descendants, the Normans, took over Sicily), so it's not exactly implausible. Amusingly, the Asgardian played by a black actor was Heimdall, who is described in Norse mythology as "the whitest of the gods".note 
  • German actor Günther Kaufmann, whose father was an African-American GI, plays a Viking in Wickie und die starken Männer (Wickie and the Strong Men) — a Live-Action Adaptation of Vicky the Viking, thus making this a very literal example of this trope. With heavy Viking makeup Kaufmann's actual ethnicity is hard to tell though.
  • In a version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat released on DVD, two of the brothers (Judah and Benjamin) are played by black actors. This is something of a continuity problem as the two were born to different mothers, according to Genesis. The other ten brothers are pretty much all over the apparent ethnicity map (the twelve had the same father, who had four wives). And Joseph's father Jacob did have concubines who may have been of different ethnicities than his two wives, who were sisters. Jacob having had black sons is not impossible. On the other hand, Benjamin is supposed to be the full brother of Joseph. In any case, that particular version is a comedy.
  • In the 1973 film version of Jesus Christ Superstar, Judas is black. Some critics saw the casting as racist, but the filmmakers insisted that Carl Anderson was simply the best man for the role (Ben Vereen faced similar criticism for playing the role on Broadway). Jesus, meanwhile, is white, Mary Magdalene is Hawaiian, and the other disciples are all different races (but then again, the film makes no pretense at realism).
  • In a flashback in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Fallen is attacked by various native ancient Africans. Among these native Africans is a white man.
  • Eartha Kitt as Freya the Norn in Erik the Viking. The casting helps portray her as somewhat "other" from the rest of the tribe, and it helps that she's Not Too Black to begin with.
  • 300 features quite a few high-ranking black members of the Persian Empire, implying that a significant population of the elites in Persia were black. The Persian Empire under Xerxes I only held a small portion of modern-day Egypt and so did not have any large population of Sub-Saharan Africans, particularly among its elites. Of course, their army is also portrayed as including monsters of various kinds, so it's not really realistic, and this is told by an Unreliable Narrator who may have exaggerated things. This is oddly enforced from a meta perspective as some characters had their skin darkened in postproduction, so for example the white actor Rodrigo Santoro (who is of Italo-Portuguese descent and could easily pass for Iranian) ends up looking like a Scary Black Man as Xerxes.
  • There's a whole Friendly Local Chinatown in Gangs of New York, and half the story is set in a Chinese cathouse, to which historians were quick to point out that the Chinese population of New York was virtually nonexistent at the time.
  • Played for laughs in Woody Allen's Love and Death, with a shouting black drill sergeant in 1812 Russia.
  • In Kingdom of Heaven, Liam Neeson's character Godfrey leads a small rainbow coalition of warriors back from the Crusades, one of whom is a black man. It's supposed to indicate how so many different cultures have been drawn to the fight over the Holy Land. It's not completely impossible since there were Orthodox Christians from Ethiopia and Nubia.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger: The Howling Commandos includes a Japanese-American and two African-Americans fighting with white soldiers before the American military fully desegregated. It's understandable since the squad is a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits formed from a group of POWs and handpicked by a superhero who couldn't care less about trivial things like races and nationalities, and even then Dum Dum Dugan does, albeit briefly, take little offense to letting Jim Morita come with them.
    Dum Dum: What, are we taking everybody?
    Jim: I'm from Fresno, Ace!
  • Queen Latifah as Mama Morton in the movie Chicago. A female African-American jail warden in charge of white prisoners in 1920s America? That wouldn't happen.
  • In Christopher And His Kind, there is at least one black man in the gay club Isherwood frequents. Given that this happened in early 1930s Berlin, it is a little jarring, though possible.
  • Kenneth Branagh's version of As You Like It has a lot of white, black, and Japanese actors. You may be noticing he tends to do this a lot.
  • In the 2004 musical TV special of A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Present is played by Afro-American actor Jesse L. Martin (though the character is an abstract spirit in Scrooge's dream, which is less jarring than if he was an ordinary guy in Victorian London). Ditto for theater productions using colourblind casting.
  • Parodied in The Hooligan Factory with Midnight, stated to be "the original black hooligan. Actually, I think back in the day he was the only black hooligan."
  • Dogma plays the trope for laughs by introducing a thirteenth apostle of Jesus, who was left out of the Bible because he's black.
  • Centurion features Noel Clarke, an English actor with Afro-Caribbean heritage playing "Macro", a refugee from Numidia and a legionary from the second cohort of the Ninth Legion. Schoolboy error here, Numidia in modern-day Tunisia was populated by light/olive-skinned Berbers and descendants of the Semitic Carthaginians. The writer probably meant Nubia, the country in modern-day Sudan and Egypt. The same Roman unit also features Riz Ahmed playing Tarak, the company cook, who "hails from the Hindu Kush", which neatly matches Ahmed's own Pakistani ancestry. The latter is a subversion since the Hindu Kush had contact with the Parthian Empire which fought the Romans twice, so it isn't entirely implausible for a local to end up in a Roman legion without stretching too much the limits of disbelief.
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword: The film doesn't even attempt to be historically accurate, so there are a few non-European characters around, including Bedivere, who is given a Race Lift and played by Djimon Hounsou, Wetstick, who appears to be mixed race, and a character called Kung Fu George, who is Asian. While non-white people did wind up in medieval England after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, it's highly unlikely that ancient London was nearly this cosmopolitan.
  • The Scorpion King: The racial makeup of the cast is, shall we say, a bit odd for Ancient Egypt, what with the half-Samoan Dwayne Johnson playing an Akkadian (of course, the film's Akkadians seem to have virtually nothing in common with the actual Akkadians) and Kelly Hu (a mix of English, Chinese, and Native Hawaiian) playing a character with the Greek name of Cassandra.
  • Ophelia: The film is set in Denmark in the Middle Ages, yet a few of the courtiers are played by actors of color. Most notably, Horatio is portrayed by Devon Terrell, who has mixed ethnicity (his father is African-American and his mother is Anglo-Indian). Then again, most modern performances/adaptations of Shakespeare plays tend to have colorblind casting, so that may be the intention here.
  • Pagan Warrior is set in England in 812, and has a black Saxon woman and a Mediterranean-looking Saxon queen. No explanation is offered for this in-story. Given the film's obviously tiny budget, the most likely reason is that the actors were known to the creators, and were willing to make up the numbers.
  • Dudley Moore's comedy film Wholly Moses! presents Egyptians as Sub-Saharan Africans (the Pharaoh is the great Richard Pryor), a controversial topic on its own, especially back then, however as is a comedy this might be intentional.
  • In Mulan: Rise of a Warrior, the king of the Rouran Khaganate has a white court musician (played by Russian-Latvian singer Vitas). It's not too implausible given that Northern Asia and Eastern Europe are side by side and Chinese historical accounts referenced giants with red hair and green or blue eyes.
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield uses deliberately colour-blind casting, allowing characters who were implicitly white to be played by actors of a variety of different backgrounds regardless of their role. The protagonist is played by Dev Patel, the Wickfield father-daughter duo are played by Benedict Wong and a black woman, and Ham is played by a black man.
  • With a Kiss I Die: Juliet, a medieval Italian noblewoman, is Black here. While not impossible, it would have been unlikely for a noble Veronese family like Capulets to be of African descent. This isn't c.ommented on in the film.
  • The Green Knight: Camelot is filled with people of Asian and African descent, probably to justify the Race Lifts of various Arthurian characters, most notably Gawain himself, played by Dev Patel.

  • An urban legend claims that a black man is depicted at the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the back of the American $2 bill. It turns out that the man is Robert Morris, a white financier who later became a Pennsylvania senator. His face appears dark because it is overly shadowed in the bill's picture, which is an engraved copy of a famous painting. In the painting, Morris is unmistakably white.
  • There is a long-standing Christian tradition that the Three Kings are of multiple ethnicities, although there is no consensus as to which. Legend has it that is because they were from each continent. It is very common in Latin America and Spain to represent one of the Three Wise Men as African (one is generally represented as blonde or redhead, thus Europe, the other as Middle Eastern, thus Asia) - (Caspar is from Anatolia, Melchior is from Arabia, and Balthazar is from Yemen). (Or Melchior is Persian, Caspar is Indian, Balthazar is Ethiopian.) In the actual New Testament account, they aren't kings (they are wise men, Magi), they come together from the East (generally thought to be Persia), and there aren't necessarily three of them (no specific number is given).

  • Arthurian medieval literature has featured Saracen and Moorish (i.e. Middle Eastern and African) knights since about the 13th century.
    • By far the most important example due to appearing in multiple derivative medieval works is Sir Palamedes (or Palomides), a Saracen frenemy of the Cornish Sir Tristan who joins him at the Round Table after competing for the Irish lady Isolde's hand. Palamedes's father Esclabor is sometimes said to be King of Babylon, and his brothers Safir (or Safere) and Segwarides also join the Round Table. Like all such non-antagonistic examples in Arthurian literature, they eventually convert to Christianity from "paganism".
    • One-off characters in various works include Sir Morien (Moriaen), the half-Moorish son of Sir Aglovale, nephew of Sir Percivale and grandson of King Pellinore. Certainly he has a Punny Name, and he appears in a self-titled anonymous Dutch romance. Another half-Moorish knight is Percivale's half-brother Feirefiz, son of the Moorish queen Belacane and future father of the fabled Christian king in the East, Prester John, in Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, a work most scholars date to the 1310s. But here Percival and Feirefiz's father is named Gahmuret.
  • In the medieval romance King Horn, Saracens invade Suddene (a mythical kingdom in the British Isles). This is probably a Race Lift as the villains act just like Viking conquerors, but by the time the story was written down Vikings had become passé and the Crusades were the new hot topic.
  • In the same vein, in Sir Thomas Mallory's Le Morte D Arthur, an early war between the newly installed King Arthur and an alliance of rebel British petty kings and lords is defused after Saracens invade the latter's lands. In much earlier tellings such Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, the invaders are Saxons not Saracens.
  • The later Sven Hassel novels introduced Stabsgefreiter Albert Mumbuto, a black soldier in the German army of WW2. However, the website Porta's Kitchen mentioned a documentary where several black Germans were interviewed, including at least one soldier. Germany had had an African colonial empire until 1919 so there were a number of African-Germans long after that. This matter surfaces in Istvan Szabo's movie Mephisto, taking place in the 1930s, in which the protagonist, a famous theatre director, has an African-German mistress and is therefore chastised by an angry Hermann Göring. Though it might surprise a modern reader, while Nazi racism toward black Germans is well-documented and horrible, this wasn't as systematic as their persecution of the Jews.
  • Lampshaded and Justified in Everworld:
    • There are Vikings of all different races because Everworld's Fantasy Counterpart Cultures have a vastly different geography from our world, so that Everworld-Vikings regularly raid Everworld-Aztecs, Everworld-Africans, and apparently Everworld-Asians; this results in many new people entering the Viking society as slaves (who may gain freedom and work their way up) or from mixed marriages between Vikings and captured women. Their king, Olaf Ironfoot, is actually black.
    • The Amazons are described as similarly having children with whatever men they happen to conquer. The queen, Pretty Little Flower, is mixed-race.
  • A Black Moorish woman prosecuting attorney named Brunhild (!) appears in the eponymous Die Morin, written by German poet Hermann von Sachsenheim in the year 1453. She is supposed to prosecute love cases for the goddess Venus and her lover, King Tannhäuser (!!), who, according to legend, lived in a subterranean kingdom under some mountain in Germany. Probably Sachsenheim assumed that a servant of Venus was a pagan, and a pagan was a Muslim, and a Muslim was a Moor, and that "Brun-hild" meant "brown-maiden" (instead of "byrnie (=mail-coat)-warrior").
  • A Peter David novel about King Arthur in modern times, Knight Life, makes Percival, the Grail Knight, a Moor. Everyone is totally surprised by this in the novel and a scholar or two "refutes" it in front of him.
  • Characters with red hair and blue or green eyes are fairly common in classic Chinese novels such as Water Margin. This may be justified given the ethnic makeup among the peoples of Central Asian regions bordering China during the Middle Ages, and mentions of giant men with red hair and light eyes on their far western borders, sometimes believed to have been, yes, Vikings (not entirely implausible, since the Viking trade routes down to the Black Sea went quite deep into modern Russia, and once the Kievan Rus' (founded by Vikings) was established in the 9th century, it started developing eastwards too.
  • Ranec, from Jean M. Auel's The Mammoth Hunters, is a black Cro-Magnon living in Ancient Russia north of the Caspian Sea. Justified by the fact that, in his youth, Ranec's father made a long journey to the region that is now Ethiopia, married a woman there, and returned to Russia with his son after his wife's death.
  • Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road, which has protagonists that are a black Abyssinian and a very white Eastern Frank, both Jewish, who travel the world as bandits and mercenaries and end up in the Caucasus. The Khazars, a nation of Turkic Jews, also features heavily in the plot. It was Chabon's intention to explore the lesser-known branches of Jewish lineage.
  • Sanya, one of the knights of the Cross in The Dresden Files, is a black Russian. He himself notes that his color would turn heads in Moscow and that he couldn't go to rural villages without causing traffic accidents.
  • Black servants play a significant part in the series of Angélique novels by Anne Golon, set during the reign of King Louis XIV. They existed in Real Life in 16th century Paris, as former slaves acquired from the Mediterranean Turkish and Arab traders, or children of former slaves, and were much sought-after by the French aristocracy as exotic "pets" / status symbols. In the books, they display fierce loyalty to anyone who treats them as human beings, including the eponymous heroine and serve them as spies, couriers, and bodyguards.
  • Children's novel Surviving the Applewhites has, as one of the subplots, a performance of The Sound of Music with color-blind casting. This leads to, among other things, an ad-libbed line that the von Trapp children are all adopted.
  • The 16th-century Italian epic Orlando Furioso has Ruggiero, an Arab, as one of Charlemagne's knights.
  • In Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, the Norse god Tyr is described having dark skin.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Girl in the Fireplace" has a black noblewoman in the Court of Louis XVI. Some fans have attempted to explain this by pointing out the existence of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a real eighteenth-century composer and musician known as "the black Mozart", who did in fact perform at Versailles, and Thomas-Alexandre Dumas (father of Alexandre Dumas) who was Saint-Georges' student and later a general during the French Revolutionary Wars. It's especially jarring considering there is an Orientalist portrait of Madame de Pompadour dressed like a Turkish sultana and being served by a black slave girl — an exotic possession, for crying out loud. Angel Coulby, the actress who played the black noblewoman, also played Gwen on Merlin.
    • The episode "Human Nature", set in England just before World War One, averts this trope, as one of the students starts saying offensive things to Martha, and John Smith seems to find it utterly believable that Martha might not understand the concept of fiction. Smith's love interest understandably is rather incredulous when Martha claims to be a doctor, remarking that a woman doctor was conceivable but not "one of your colour" as said to Martha's face.
    • The titular character of The Next Doctor had a black female companion, Rosita, in 1851. She gets treated like anyone else in the story except for two brief almost missable moments. The first is when the villainess asks whether the Doctor "paid [her] to speak," which could be either a servitude reference or merely an implied suggestion that she thinks Rosita is a prostitute. The second is at the end when they live happily ever after and Jackson Lake makes a comment about her being his son's nursemaid.
    • Averted with Martha's presence in "The Shakespeare Code": Martha initially worries that being black in 1600s London will cause trouble, but the Doctor laughs it off, assuring her that London has all types of people. In this case, he's right. Elizabethan London had a significant African population—large enough that Elizabeth complained about it on multiple occasions. It was also about half a century before the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and thus, racialized slavery, really took off.
    • Isabella and her father from "The Vampires of Venice" are an exception. As a nexus of trade all across the Mediterranean, Venice would have been home to all sorts. (But she also has modern-day straightened hair.)
    • Richard Nixon has two black agents in his security detail in The Impossible Astronaut. (In reality, Nixon really did have at least one.)
    • The series 9 opener "The Magician's Apprentice" features some black extras in Essex in 1138, leading to some debate as to whether this is realistic or not.
    • Justified in the Series 10 episode "Thin Ice", set in London in the early 19th century, the Regency Era) when Bill notes that London seems "a bit more black" than the movies suggest. The Doctor replies that "history is a whitewash", while also indicating that Jesus was black, too.
  • This is all over Mortal Kombat: Conquest. While the series is set in ancient China, Kung Lao is the only one of the protagonists who is actually Asian. The rest of the cast is suspiciously multicultural. The only justified one is Raiden, who as a god could conceivably take any form he wished. But then why is he a white guy?
  • An early episode of Robin Hood has Guy of Gisbourne's political scheming against the Sheriff's current Master at Arms. The fact that the Master at Arms is black in 12th-century England is never mentioned nor influence the plot. The producers have mentioned that originally there was no intention for the character to be black, but that the actor gave such a damned fine audition and performance that they felt he could pull it off regardless of the fact that that he would seem out of place, and gave him the part as-written, without any changes to make reference to his color. In Season 3, Friar Tuck is black.
  • The start of Season 2 of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World has an episode where several modern people are transported to the plateau. Even though the main characters are from the start of the 20th century, they don't seem to notice that the helicopter pilot is black and treat him like anyone else.
  • NBC's Gulliver's Travels miniseries: In contrast to the lily-white Lilliputians, Brobdingnag is home to many black giants (including Alfre Woodard as the Queen) looking a little out-of-place in 18th century powdered wigs. This is actually consistent with the Utopian nature of the island and probably a way of playing up its superiority to both Lilliput and Gulliver's England.
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody had Brenda Song playing an ancestor of London Tipton... during the American Revolutionary War. Hilariously but subtly lampshaded in that she seems to be (or believe that she is) French. Whether it was intentional and she really was supposed to be London's French paternal ancestor, it was intentional and she was absurdly somewhere in London's Thai ancestry, or it was completely unintended, it was completely Handwaved by being All Just a Dream had by Zack. Also, Mr. Moseby, who is black, is seen as a rich man. Most blacks in the Revolutionary War were slaves, but it is possible he was a freeman.
  • In The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg, set in pre-Christian Ireland, one of the heroes is black — but it's justified by having him come from Atlantis, which, being mythical, can have any ethnic mix it wants.
  • Like The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog, the short-lived Roar, which starred Heath Ledger, is also set in pre-Christian Ireland and still features a black character named Tully amongst Ledger's band of Celtic chieftains. Unlike in 'The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog'', there's no justification given.
  • Both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess had black Greeks. Knowing the extent of the Mediterranean trade in the Antiquity, there was a slight possibility for Ethiopian, Nubian, or darker-skinned Egyptian people to settle in Greek lands, even more so in port cities, as traders, sailors, mercenaries or former slaves. However, their numbers could not be great. Given that both shows are filmed in New Zealand, whenever they needed "ethnic" mooks (for example, to represent Egyptians), they would usually cast Maori or other Pacific Islanders and hope that audiences perceived them as just being Ambiguously Brown.
  • Suggested but not confirmed in Power Rangers Samurai, as out of five descendants of Japanese samurai, only one is Asian. It's either this trope or the equally unlikely scenario that the families mingled with other races in just the right way to make a Five-Token Band. Don't bother thinking about it too hard as history has never been the franchise's strong suit.
  • On the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "Warrior of the Lost World", the guys remark on how the gangs of hats include black Nazis and white ninjas.
  • A sketch on the CBBC show Horrible Histories about Vikings actually featured a Black Viking as an extra.
  • In another History Channel example, Barbarians Rising, Hannibal and the rest of the Carthaginian people are played by black actors. In real life, Carthage's elite was formed by people of Phoenician ethnicity, a Semitic group closely related to Middle Eastern groups such as Jews and Arabs, while most of its African vassals were Berbers - none of whom are black.
  • In The Musketeers, Porthos is black. According to Word of God, this is a tribute to Alexandre Dumas's actual black ancestry (his paternal grandmother was a black slave in Haiti). It isn't a case of colour-blind casting, as in several episodes his racial background is an explicit driver of the plot. It finally turns out that, like Dumas's father, he was the product of a nobleman's affair with a black servant woman, and he was brought into the Musketeers by a friend of his father who felt guilty about helping his father to discard his black mistress.
  • The trope is discussed in an episode of Psych. When the creators of a play defend their all-white cast on the grounds that the show takes place in 1880s London, Gus gets annoyed and asks if they think black people hadn't been invented yet.
  • Black Sails includes Joji, a katana-toting Japanese member of a Caribbean pirate crew in 1715. While it's possible that a single Japanese sailor might somehow get himself onto a Caribbean pirate ship, the show takes place during a period of extreme seclusion in Japan, where the Japanese government actively prohibited its people from leaving. His presence is obviously fuelled by Rule of Cool. That said, there were Japanese Catholic communities that did settle in Mexico in the 17th century, so it is plausible for Joji to be descended from them.
  • Camelot: Vivian, Morgan's servant, is black. However, Vivian tells Morgan her ancestors were brought over as slaves from Africa by the Romans, which is actually possible, as some British archaeological findings show that people of African descent (both free and slave) really did come from Roman Africa to Roman Britain. This could also explain Sir Ulfius, Arthur's black knight. So it's remotely plausible, although the writers probably didn't know that. There was even a literal black knight in earlier versions from the 1300s, Sir Morien.
  • Merlin (2008): Guinevere, her father, brother and Sir Pellinore are all black. However, they also have dragons and fey. It's also not so much of a stretch as people think, as there is evidence of some black people in medieval England. Of course, none were knights or queens that we know of. The Arthurian legend has a precedent for black knights though, such as Sir Morien.
  • Troy: Fall of a City: Many of the Trojan and Greek characters are portrayed by black actors, which wasn't true in reality of these ethnicities. Of course, it's fictional to begin with. In fairness, Greeks and Trojans likely also looked different from the actors portraying them, who are mostly of British or Irish stock. Also other stories of the Trojan War really did have black characters: Ethiopian Memnon, a king on Troy's side who comes to fight the Greeks along with his army.
  • Legends of Tomorrow runs into this occasionally being a series about a team of people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds traveling into the (usually American) past. In "Night of the Hawk" Ray Palmer (white) and Hawkgirl (ethnicity in-universe unspecified although she is the reincarnation of an Egyptian; the actress has African-American and Native American ancestry) pose as a married couple in Oregon in the 1950s. Oregon did repeal its anti-miscegenation law in 1951 but mixed-race couples still drew negative attention and restrictive housing covenants prevented such couples from living in many neighborhoods. In the same episode, Martin Stein waxes nostalgic about the idyllic 1950s, only for the African-American Jax and the bisexual Sara to remind him things weren't so great in the 1950s if you weren't straight, white and male. As a Jew, Stein should have known that religious minorities didn't have it so great either. In "Abominations" Stein expresses guilt about Jax having to endure Civil War-era racism. Jax points out that pretty much every era of American history is racist. When the team travels to historical eras where the presence of non-white people would be remarkable, no one native to the time remarks on it.
  • The Spanish Princess: The show here has Catherine of Aragon with a black lady-in-waiting. Although the real Catherine did have a Moorish female slave named Catalina de Motril, Moors were Arabs or Berbers, not blacks. It's also very unlikely, given the rise of the ideology of limpieza de sangre (purity of blood - essentially, being able to prove your ancestry was totally Christian) they would ever have allowed her a guardsman who wasn't ethnically Spanish such as Oviedo (who's also black).
  • Miracle Workers: Though ostensibly set in Dark Age Europe, black or South Asian characters exist along with the white ones without an explanation. Al's father is white, though her (unseen) mother might also be South Asian. Of course, it's no less (or more) accurate than the rest.
  • David Oyelowo plays Inspector Javert in the Masterpiece Mini Series production of Les Misérables. It's not likely that a black man could have risen to such a position in 19th century France.
  • Rome presents Cleopatra's escort as made up mostly of Black actors. Probably because unlike Cleopatra herself (who was Greek) the rest were supposed to be native Egyptians. However though this is a complex and contentious matter (the exact race of the Egyptians) most historians consider they were mostly not Black in the modern sense of the word.note 
  • Dickinson: A couple of East Asian people are shown in Amherst during the 1850s, when very few even lived in the US.
  • The Witcher takes place on an Alternate Earth whose peoples came from the original. Race Lift is enacted many, many times, seemingly at random, when in the source material nearly every character looked Northern European, resulting in rustic pseudo Polish villages being half populated by black or Asian people. Given how humanity arrived on the planet originally, it'd actually be semi-justified for the populations to not correspond to geography, but what makes it count for this trope is how this is done: all of the populations are inexplicably mixed. Every single village, town, and city in every single country has demographics roughly in line with a modern American or British city. Despite the Conjugation of the Spheres having taken place over a thousand years prior every country not only maintains visible racial minorities who are not acknowledged as such, but they all seem to have the exact same mix as every other country - including, somehow, the elves and dwarves.
  • Knight Squad takes place in the fictional kingdom of Astoria, which is supposed to resemble medieval Europe. Ciara, the princess of Astoria and Warwick are black, and Sage is implied to be Latina, neither of which were common in medieval Europe. note 

  • The Updated Re Release of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds gives Parson Nathaniel what sounds like a Jamaican accent. Not by any means impossible for Victorian England, but the odds of a (presumably) black man becoming a parish priest in a place and time where he'd attract rude stares for merely walking down the high street are not terribly high.
  • Michael Jackson's music video "Remember the Time" has a cast made mostly of Black actors as Ancient Egyptians, as explained before although some people may associated Egyptians with Black people due to be both of African origin, however most scholars believe that native Egyptians were a distinct ethnic group (not white tho).

    Myths and Religion 
  • According to the Prose Edda, which turned the Norse Pantheon into humans in order to comply with Christian rule, Thor himself qualifies. The Edda describes Thor as being the son of Memnon, a hero from the Trojan cycle (specifically the lost epic known as the Aethiopsis) who was from Aethiopia. At the time, Aethiopia referred to the land south of Egypt, making Thor half-Nubian.
  • Andromeda, the Damsel in Distress in the myth about Perseus, is the daughter of the Ethiopian king Cepheus. But in most illustrations, her skin colour is decidedly very un-Ethiopian. (NSFW, if your boss doesn't like nipples!) Although: According to the Tangled Family Tree of the Greek mythological characters, she wasn't ethnically Ethiopian anyway, at least not 100%. (Her father's ancestry can be traced back to Poseidon, but there is no information about where her mother Cassiopeia comes from.) Also, some people speculate that Cepheus' kingdom wasn't that Ethiopia.note 
  • Depiction of Jesus tend to make him resemble the artist's local population more than would be historically accurate. As a Galilean Jew, and one whose appearance is described in the The Bible only as being completely ordinary (to the point people who didn't already know him couldn't pick him out of a crowd), Jesus would most likely have a darker olive complexion similar to that of other Middle Eastern peoples.
  • It also happens with other major figures of The Bible, such as Abraham, Moses, David, etc, who look almost exclusively pale in European artistic depictions (because of local models being used).
  • Due to its syncretic nature and the loas' ability to change shape, the Vodou pantheon is filled with Black Vikings. Some loa like Ogoun and Erzulie Dantor appear as black Africans. Others are white, like Mademoiselle Charlotte and Mama Brigette, who's a foul-mouthed Irish redhead. Others are shown as Native American like the Agua Dulce family of loa adopted from the Taino Indians.
  • Gautama Buddha is often depicted with East Asian physical traits in countries such as China and Japan, despite the fact that the Buddha was born in Nepal and therefore probably looked South Asian.

  • Increasingly common in theater nowadays, in America and the UK. Many productions of Shakespeare in the UK are colorblind, which aside from historical accuracy sometimes results in some unlikely familial relations (cousins or even siblings being different races, etc).
  • Hamilton: Major productions of the musical usually cast the US Founding Fathers and associates with people of color. This is done for strictly stylistic reasons, however, and the play itself treats the characters as white men who own black slaves, etc., with the jarring contrast this creates being part of the point.
  • In the 1999 Broadway revival of The Lion in Winter, African-American actors Laurence Fishburne and Chuma Hunter-Gault were cast as (British) King Henry II and his son Richard Lionheart, respectively. The actors who played Henry's two other sons and his wife were white.
  • Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler is often played by a black actor, as James Earl Jones played the part in otherwise all-white production.
  • Toni Braxton played Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway from September 1998 to February 1999.
  • Broadway's colorblind casting frequently results in this. Case in point, Norm Lewis as Les Misérables' Javert in the 2006 Broadway revival as well as the 2010 25th Anniversary Concert. While it's entirely possible that there were black people in France during that time period (indeed, a black actor played Enjolras in the most recent Broadway revival(, it's not likely that one could have risen to Javert's rank in the police departmentnote .
  • As in the film, the Broadway production of Chicago has often cast an African-American actress as Mama Morton. A few black actors have played Billy Flynn as well.
  • Famous playwright August Wilson openly defied this trope in his life and writings. Specifically, Wilson was against the idea of colorblind casting and stated that to deny the reality of race when writing or planning a show was to (pun intended) whitewash history. He refused to allow white actors to play any part he had written for African-Americans (although he did allow a Chinese production of his play Fences).
  • In Frozen (2018), black actors commonly play King Agnarr (making him a literal example), Kristoff, and the Hidden Folk.

    Video Games 
  • The Nazi GGG Ghostapo organization in BloodRayne has an Asian woman as one of its leaders. Vaguely semi-justified in that she's Tibetan, and the Nazi racial science considered Tibetans to be an Aryan race. Oh, and she's also half-vampire, which the GGG seems to consider a plus.
  • Dragalia Lost has Addis, a black samurai as a retainer for Ieyasu of the Boar Clan, one of the Twelve Wyrmclans of Hinomoto (The game version of Japan). In this case, he's based on Yasuke.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Averted and lampshaded in Metal Gear Solid: Naomi, while discussing her background, mentions that her Japanese-American grandfather was an FBI agent under Hoover. Although he didn't say anything for several scenes, Master Miller immediately knew she was lying. Later stating to Snake that J. Edgar Hoover was a notorious racist and he never would've allowed a man of Japanese descent as an agent.
    • In Metal Gear Solid 3, a African-American man named Donald Anderson, codenamed 'Sigint', was recruited by Zero in 1960s America for his skill and not because of his skin color. Notable in that Sigint was recruited during the final year of Jim Crow Laws, which barred Blacks from using the same facilities as Whites in America. This is addressed by Sigint in an optional conversation, where he expresses his admiration for Zero as a committed non-racist who'll hire anyone good enough and bend the rules to keep them there. He discusses the racism present during that time and comments that racism will be present even in the twenty-first century. (Sigint's character was likely inspired by the African-American "computers" who worked on Space Race projects in the 1950s and 60s - but in real history, these computers were usually black women, computing usually being seen as a feminine/secretarial job.)
  • Subverted in Resident Evil 0 where the Umbrella Training Facility which operated in the late 1960s, explicitly states their goal is to find the best candidates regardless of gender, race, or creed. In spite of this, every high-ranking member of the international company is clearly a white man or woman (though Morpheus Duvall is hinted he may have had gender-reassignment surgery).
  • Enforced in Resident Evil 5: there are an awful lot of white people in Africa because people complained about Unfortunate Implications with all the Majini being black. Then again, there are an awful lot of white people in Africa if you know where to look. The Majini become less diverse once the action leaves the town of Kijuju, because from there the human enemies you meet either belonged to the native Ndipaya tribe or to a RUF-like mercenary outfit before they were infected.
  • An interesting example in the Soulcalibur games with Zasalamel. Zasalamel is Black, and while his country of origin is never directly stated, it's implied that he's supposed to be Sumerian, as many of his moves have names that reference the Sumerian gods. Granted, since he's an immortal who reincarnates every time he's killed, it's entirely possible that the body he appears with is not his original. That said, his ending in IV, where he is in the modern era, several hundred years after the game's events, shows Zasalamel still in the same body. While the implication is that he merely comes back to life each time he dies, and doesn't body hop when he reincarnates, it's unclear if Zasalamel was truly able to break his "curse of immortality", his goal in III. (All that's stated in IV is that the power of the soul swords gave him a vision of the future later seen in his ending.) It wouldn't be many years later, in Soulcalibur VI, that Zasalamel would definitely state that he's reincarnated as people of various ethnicities (and genders) over the course of his long life.
  • In Crusader Kings II, it's possible (though updates have made it more difficult) to turn your dynasty into the most literal version of this trope. Some figurative versions are significantly easier.
    • One event for the northern Italian merchant republics guarantees one of your sons will end up falling in love with, and possibly marrying, a West African woman, making the possibility of a doge two or three elections down the line being of clearly African descent non-negligible.
    • Court Physicians are frequently wanderers from faraway lands — it's not uncommon to find, say, a Pecheneg in Spain because of this. Said physicians are guaranteed to be Christian, however, and with their extremely high education in matters medical and theological, they can rise very high in the church, even becoming Pope fairly often.
    • The A.I. has a bad habit of letting skilled foreigners educate their children after giving them the heritage focus. Resulting in things like, say say, the Andalusian (but still Christian) Sultan of France. And any minor courtiers said Sultan generates will be ethnically as well as culturally Andalusian.
  • Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love features Sagitta Weinberg/Cheiron Archer, an African-American female lawyer in the The Roaring '20s; while college-educated black professionals were far from unheard of since the early 1900s, what's odd is that this character never has to fight prejudice or racism in the series (which instead would have been likely). Even for an Alternate History, this is just stretching it a bit.
  • Subverted in Nioh, which has the "Obsidian Samurai", an African samurai during Japan's Warring States Period which caused many to accuse the game of this trope. In truth, Oda Nobunaga really did have an African man as one of his samurai, who had originally come to Japan enslaved as part of a missionary trip.
  • The Imperivm franchise follows the already common trend of portraying almost everybody in Carthage as black people, most egregiously the Numidians.
  • A funny example is Civilization, which favors Cosmetically Different Sides: a pikeman from one nation looks identical to a pikeman from another, bar maybe a few color-coded bits. Furthermore, the majority of units look roughly Caucasian. On the other hand, unique units tend to look in line with their country's ethnicity. This can lead to the surrealness of, say, playing as Zulu, building a white spearman, upgrading them into a black Impi, and then upgrading them again into a white rifleman. However, this is first fixed in Civilization IV's expansions, which introduce multiple graphical sets for generic units.
  • Assassin's Creed:
    • Assassin's Creed Origins has The Duelist, a Chinese gladiatrix in the Roman province of Cyrene and one of Bayek's opponents in the arena. While there was some contact between Ancient Rome and China, this happened long after the time span of the game's events.
    • Similar to the Origins example above, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla has a character named Yanli, a Chinese merchant from the Tang dynasty who ended in Europe and met an English stablemaster named Rowan. Not only was there no European contact with China in the 9th century with the exception of the Byzantine Empire, but it's extremely unlikely for any Chinese person to end up in England given the vast geography needed to cross between continents and lack of knowledge at the time. The "River Raids" expansion adds Vagn, who plays this trope straight, though he doesn't join Eivor on their pillaging due to years of fighting had worn him down.
  • Fate/Grand Order toys with this in the concept of "Pseudo-Servants": Heroic Spirits whose actual selves cannot become Servants, frequently but not always Divine Spirits, will instead appear in the likeness of an otherwise un-heroic mortal who has indirectly contacted the Holy Grail. This is the lore reason why Chinese tactician Zhuge Liang appears as a stuffy British professor (or a stuffy British teenager), why Sumerian goddess Ishtar appears as a Japanese teenage girl, etc.
  • Justified in Hades. The Olympians look more like a Multinational Team than Greeks. But as the creative director of the game has pointed out, they're called Greek gods merely because they were worshipped in Greece, not because they were Greek themselves, and that it would be far more nonsensical if the custodians of the whole world and creators of all of humanity only looked like white people.

    Web Original 
  • A Scotsman in Egypt has repeated mentions of Middle Easterners with red hair caused to Scotland's World Domination starting in Egypt and spreading from there. Of course, as one Scot proudly proclaims, the Scots are good at two things: fighting and making more Scots.
    • A similar joke is made of the Irish.
  • Parodied in Diamanda Hagan's review of "Vikingdom" when they talk about how historically inaccurate the film is and Malcolm shows up in Viking costume. Happy Viking, Malcolm, and Diamanda get so caught up in the argument that it takes them a while to realize they're all completely aware that black Vikings did in fact exist.

    Western Animation 
  • The Ambiguously Brown Sir Bryant in The Legend of Prince Valiant looks like an example, until it is explained in a centric episode that he is an exiled Moorish prince that joined King Arthur's knights after arriving in England and suffering quite a few misfortunes there too, among them the assassination of his wife and son by thieves.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Carl portrays explorer William Clark (of course, Lenny is Meriwether Lewis). Homer, who, in an inversion, plays the father of Sacajawea (Lisa), lampshades this at one point, welcoming "the white man... and Carl."
    • Carl is also originally from Iceland, and an episode centers around his Icelandic family. His parents are both white, and though this is never explicitly mentioned, we have to presume he was adopted from some other country.
    • The Simpsons does "color blind" casting quite often, in fact. Whenever the episode takes place in a historical or fantastical setting (e.g. Treehouse of Horror stories), it seems that the main criterion is which established characters fit the role best personality- and relationship-wise. Dr. Hibbert and Apu, for instance, have played all sorts of characters in all sorts of contexts where an African-American or Indian might not ordinarily be found.
  • Francis X. Bushlad and his tribe in Tazmania are, inexplicably, white Indigenous Australians.
  • Gargoyles features one, not in its many historical flashbacks, but in modern day New York — a recurring antagonist there is Mafia don Tony Dracon. While his organization consists almost entirely of Mooks who don't diverge in the slighest from a stereotypical template of a suit-wearing, slick-haired Italian-American, the role of The Consigliere is held by a slightly less sharp-dressed black man known only as "Glasses", even though the Mafia is usually very selective about the ethnicity of its membership and the consigliere is almost always a full-blooded Sicilian. Word of God vaguely implies there's some sort of personal history between Dracon and Glasses which allowed the pair of them to circumvent the Mafia's usual restrictions.

Alternative Title(s): Black Viking, Black Irish, Black Russian, Norse Of A Different Color