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Half-Breed Discrimination
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The Indians said I was white by law
The White Man always called me "Indian Squaw"
Cher, "Half Breed"

So, you just happen to be the child of that army guy who went native and married The Chief's Daughter? Or perhaps the reverse applies and dear mum left home and joined dad on the ancestral family homestead back in rural Smalltownington. This of course is assuming both your parents are alive and love each other (Star-Crossed Lovers have a tendency to have it rough). You might, after all, be the product of accidental affairs, or worse yet, rape. And then you were born. Congratulations, you are now guaranteed to be despised by one or both sides of your family. Maybe it was that time you wore the ritual face paint to Sunday school...


The Moral Guardians of the local town have branded you the "Half-Breed." ("Half-caste" is a roughly synonymous term.)

Lucky for you, you (hopefully) have the love and support of your immediate family, and if you had a shaman/witch-doctor/priestess in the family genes, you can most assuredly tell them where to stick their supremacist ideologies by unleashing the can of mystical whup-ass. Conversely, you may need to give the other side of the family the can of whup-ass if the tribe never accepts you as one of them, but let's not dwell.

Life may be difficult. If you bear a closer resemblance to one parent over the other, you might tend to stick out like a sore thumb. Fortunately, genetics is probably on your side. Not only are you likely to possess an exotic attractiveness, you may even have the ability to pass as either race at any given time.


A word of caution: any revelation of your parentage might bring down the wrath of a mob wielding Torches and Pitchforks of doom at any given moment. Always have an escape plan ready, even if it requires mass carnage.

If you happen to live in a fantasy or scifi world, you're probably a Half-Human Hybrid. Here's to hoping you at least have five fully functioning limbs. More specifically, if one of your parents happens to be an elf, then congratulations you are a half-elf who will be hated and despised by your "superior" elven family. See also Raised by Natives.

Compare Maligned Mixed Marriage. And possibly, That Thing Is Not My Child!. Contrast But Not Too Black and But Not Too Foreign, in which people with mixed ancestry are treated better than ones who have only minority or foreign ancestry, as well as the One Drop Rule, in which this ancestry is so far back on the family tree that nothing remains visible of it, and yet still causes this kind of harsh treatment.


Please note that in Real Life the terms half-breed and half-caste are highly offensive.

Fantasy (or soft Science Fiction) works may include hybrids of different species, mostly Half Human Hybrids, sometimes Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrids.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima!, both Half-Demons Kotaro and Setsuna mention having problems fitting into either the Human or Demon world. Setsuna doubly so as her demon family considers her albinism to be taboo so she has to dye her hair to a more acceptable darker tone.
  • Katekyō Hitman Reborn!: Hayato Gokudera is half Italian, half Japanese, which lead to him being rejected by every mafia family except for the one headed by the almost totally Japanese Tsuna Sawada.
  • In the Devil May Cry: The Animated Series, this is blatantly stated by Bradley to Dante. This is highly uncommon because demons tend to enjoy tormenting and killing humans. However, Dante's father was a demon who rebelled against the demon emperor and sided with humans. Afterwards, he ruled the human world and had twin sons, Dante and Vergil, before disappearing.
  • In the Area 88 manga, Josie was an orphan of mixed French and Japanese ethnicity. After her parents' deaths, her Japanese grandparents refused to take her in because they disapproved of her parents' marriage.
  • InuYasha:
    • Inuyasha is son of a powerful dog youkai and a human aristocrat. When he was a kid he was feared and shunned by humans, and hunted and mocked by youkai for being a hanyou. His full-blooded-youkai brother used to bully him for his heritage until Character Development changed him into an Aloof Big Brother.
    • Shiori's mother is a human villager who married a powerful bat-youkai. The entire village hates them and tries to sacrifice Shiori to appease the bat-youkai who hunt the villagers. The leader of the Bat-youkai wants Shiori's Barrier Maiden abilities, but murdered his own son, Shiori's father, for producing the half-breed child in the first place.
    • Jinenji is the offspring of a human mother and powerful youkai with great healing abilities. They live in exile outside the village which hold him responsible for the youkai attacks they suffer. It takes Jinenji putting his life on the line to protect the very people who spent a lifetime bullying and torturing him to gain their acceptance.
  • Megalomania: Canon struggles with this, she's half human, half-demihuman and she is pretty much hated by both groups.
  • Tenzen, from Basilisk, though this comes off only in the anime. He was the product of a union between members of feuding Ninja clans hims, and his Iga mother was killed by his Koga father, and Tenzen was cut from his mother's womb to be raised as a Koga. Tenzen later on defected to the Iga as part of a scheme to revenge himself on both groups by playing on their hatred for each other.
  • Mostrels in Rosario + Vampire are hybrids of different monster races and are generally looked down upon for their mixed pedigree. They in turn despise the pureblooded monsters.
  • In The Familiar of Zero, the Elf Council shunned Tiffania and called her "unclean" for having a human father.
  • In one story of Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo, a Filipino woman marries a much older Japanese man and has a son with him. When her husband has a stroke and begins to suffer from dementia, the rest of his family makes no secret of how they think a mixed-race child is not fit to inherit and that the man's pure-blood Japanese grandson is a much better choice as a successor. Given that the family is shown as being incredibly dysfunctional (notably the grandson is selfish and kills his grandfather to please his mother while the mixed-race son is polite and kind), the story is firmly on the side of the Filipino woman and her son. D gives the woman a young man to help as a caretaker for her husband, who tells how he himself is biracial and was unable to fit in with his mother and father's homelands. The end of the story reveals that the man was actually a dog that was a mixed breed but very loyal and loving. Oh, and it turned out the man had been faking his dementia and ensured that his mixed-race son inherited everything, now that he saw how despicable the rest of the family was.
  • Cyborg 009: This is the backstory of Joe - he was the son of a Japanese woman and a man of some unspecified Western ethnicity. Because of this, he was mocked as a "half-breed" and turned to delinquency as a result. The rest of his cyborg team, however, tell him not to be ashamed of his heritage, but to see it as the breaking down of barriers between groups]].
  • Rin of Blue Exorcist gets harsh regard from his superiors due to being half-demon. Technically, though, half-demons are relatively common, it's just the issue of which demon his father is.
  • The half-human, half-youkai offsprings in Saiyuki are considered "taboo children" born with a curse and against the laws of heaven, and tend to be looked down upon by both races.note  If Goyjo is any indication, they are more likely to end up on the youkai side yet compared to pure-blood youkai they're relatively powerless. It also doesn't help that some youkai aren't above raping human women on a regular basis, and that the "taboo children" are easily identified by their unnatural blood-red hair and matching eyes.
    • Homura from the anime Filler Arc is seen as an "unclean being" by Heavens due to being a product of a similarly forbidden relationship between a deity and a human.
  • The Claymores of, well, Claymore are hybrids between the monsters known as Yoma and normal Humans, all the Claymores are originally born human and then artificially transformed into half-breeds through a rather painful process that involve transplanting Yoma flesh and blood into them. As a result Claymores are the only ones able to fight the Yoma and protect humans from them, but they end up being shunned and feared by common humans for their similarities to Yoma and of course the Yoma themselves have a dislike for those who exist only to hunt them down.
  • While elves and other nonhuman races experience some discrimination in Outbreak Company, it is far less than that experienced by half-elves. Both elves and humans view them with extreme prejudice bordering on disgust.
  • In Re:Zero, half-elves experience extreme prejudice and fear. This fear is only heightened by the fact that Satella, the Witch of Envy that once threatened the entire world, was a half-elf. Main character Emilia experiences this prejudice to the maximum extent, since with her white hair and other features she's a perfect match for Satella's description.

    Comic Books 
  • Cheshire (Vietnamese/French), a supervillain in The DCU, basically went insane.
  • There was also the character Mongrel, aka Josh Xan, who was half-Vietnamese as well. He died in Infinite Crisis.
  • A heroic example is the multi-racial Connor Hawke. His mother is half Korean and half African-American. His father, Ollie Queen, is white. The trouble he had fitting in was what drove him to try and find peace in Buddhism and monkhood.
  • Marvel plays with this a bit. Hulkling from Young Avengers is half-Kree, half-Skrull. His Skrull grandfather even ordered his death, though now the Skrull Empire wants him back, as he's the only living member of the Imperial family. And the Kree would rather he join their ranks instead. The kicker? He considers himself more human than either Kree or Skrull due to being raised as one, and doesn't want to join either group.
  • The current iteration of Mon-El, the Daxamite hero born as Lar Gand, is the descendant of Bal Gand, a Daxamite explorer and ambassador, and an unnamed Mesoamerican male, before the discovery of America. Bal, fearing the Torches and Pitchforks of doom, made sure to entrust her unnamed son with a spaceship programmed to bring him on Earth at the first sign of xenophobia. While the unnamed Gand was able to subvert the pitchforks and live a fairly happy life, hiding his lineage, his still operative spaceship was later found by his distant nephew Lar, wishing to escape his oppressive homeland and travel in space as his ancestors did, starting the cycle anew.
  • Daken, Wolverine's son, is half-Canadian and half-Japanese. His named even means Mongrel. He grew up in Japan right after World War II had just ended. Considering how the culture would be responding to an abandoned child of mixed descent at the time, his Jerkass nature becomes a little more understandable.
  • Sam Matonabbe, AKA the superhero Oxbow, was a half-white, half-Native American who faced discrimination from the local Natives and whites. This got into Bullying a Dragon territory, as he was 7 feet tall and had super strength. You'd think hatred wouldn't run deep enough to get you to pick on that guy.
  • When meeting Sabrina, who is half-witch and half-human, for the first time in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina her cousin Ambrose partially refers to her as "the half-breed" before fixing his wording and calling Sabrina by her name.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Insontis II, Kirk reflects on how badly Spock has been treated during his life and is privately thankful that he got the chance to support him.
  • John Gage gets this in the Emergency! series by Tammy Billingham. Most of it is from his own extended family and tribe mates,first as a child, then when he returns home as an adult in the final parts of the series, because they resent his half-white background. A gang of full blood tribesmen end up stabbing him and dragging him half naked through the snow tied to a horse,when he marries a tribewoman. Her family is angry when they first fall in love, but let go of it later, with her father helping rescue John and stop a further attack on him.
  • In Mass Effect's Crucible The human-turian Hybrids are hated, feared and hunted by the majority of people. To elaborate, in the alt.timeline, it gets to the point that there's bill that forbidden Hybrids from wearing clan marks to make them stand out, and another bill in the making that would allow the Hierarchy to kill whichever child they want when their numbers are getting too numerous, or to take them away from their parents without reasons. Even before that, there are daily mobs attacks on hybrid families and kill them while the government all but officially allows it. Basically, Hybrids are viewed to have less rights than cattle and their parents aren't allowed to leave the planet to act as breeding stocks.
  • This trope is gradually becoming a popular one for Zootopia fanfics where Nick and Judy or any other mixed-species couple have offspring. It also gets played up for real-life hybrids such as zorses, ligers, tions and similar should they appear.
  • Sisterhood: Akira reveals that she was the only child of mixed race at her school and got picked on as a result. Fear of this persisting was the deciding factor in a LOT of decisions Lilly's parents made.
  • Pony POV Series: Although Princess Celestia did her best to stamp out racism between the pony tribes, it still happens from time to time. Trixie and her siblings were mocked in their home town by Unicorns for having an Earth Pony father, often being called "Half-Dirt".
  • Catseye from The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum is a half-unicorn/half-zebra hybrid who dyes her coat in order to pass off as a pure unicorn. The discrimination she faced and the acceptance she found once she began "passing" has colored her views up in a pretty ugly way, as she's an Absolute Xenophobe whose prejudices extend to half-pony hybrids of other species.
  • In Zero no Tsukaima: Saito the Onmyoji, Saito's familiar Kaede is a "silver oni", the child of a white oni and a black oni. Like most "metallic oni", she was treated as a second-class citizen by pureblood oni.
  • Olrox from Joys of the Parenthood - The Țepeș Edition implies that Adrien does not belong in the Castle due to his human-blood.
  • Delusions: Celestia and Luna were discriminated against prior to their ascension because they were born mules. Their infertility was used against them as proof that they were abominations. After gaining respect as alicorns, they began trying to change this commonplace prejudice against mules and even donkeys.
  • While being physically mixed race doesn't bat any eyelashes in Foxfire, having the hated powers of the enemy will get one killed. Li and everyone who knows him has to keep Li's fire-bending a secret to avoid him getting killed. Tengfei casually mentions having to kill mixed-race children if they show signs of fire-bending.
  • In the RWBY fic Let Me Hear, vampire hybrids often get looked down upon by pureblood vampires. Blake, being a faunus with vampire heritage (and a bit of aristocratic human as well), suffers from some of this on top of the Fantastic Racism she receives for being faunus.
  • In Cuckoo Bird, most changelings are given to human families either because they're hybrids of different kinds of fairies (like Izuku, who has an elf father and a puca mother), fairies and humans or fairies from different courts.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Lucy Liu (full Chinese) played the half-Chinese American, half-Japanese O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill. Several of the Yakuza clan leaders had problems with it—but since O-Ren was an assassin since twelve years old, nobody mentions it unless they want to lose their head.
  • Star Trek (2009):
    • Spock has to deal with racism from Vulcans because of his human mother, including having his human side referred to as a liability by other Vulcans, which leads to a moment where he tells the Vulcan Science Academy where to shove it in classic Spock manner. He will also promptly beat the crap out of anyone who dares insult his mother or call her a whore, as three Vulcan boys and Kirk found out the hard way (though the latter proved to be a Batman Gambit to assume command of the ship, albeit in a rather Jerkass fashion).
    • Star Trek V has the "original" Spock showing that reaction to his mixed ancestry started at the tender age of 75 to 90 seconds. Especially ironic for Spock considering this movie shows his full-Vulcan half-brother EMBRACING the emotions that other Vulcans (and Spock) spend their lives suppressing and (at least for some of them) looking down on humans for.
  • Renesmee — Bella and Edward's child in Twilight. The Volturi believe she is a child immortal, which is strictly forbidden by the Volturi, since said children would easily destroy a town with their lack of control over their thirst. Also, keeping up the Masquerade required the Volturi to kill the rest of the town. When they find that is NOT the case, they still want the child executed — which is this trope.
  • Ethan Edwards shows quite a bit of this toward Martin Pawley, who is one-eighth Cherokee, in The Searchers. However, the racist Edwards apparently considers it worse if a white woman sleeps with a Comanche, so eventually writes a will naming Martin his sole heir and cutting out his niece Debbie (abducted by a Comanche war party and now one of Chief Scar's wives). Martin very understandably throws that will in Ethan's face.
  • Balto was bullied by the town dogs for being half wolf.
  • Dead Man: Nobody the Native American was ostracized for being the child of two tribes, hence how he got his name. He gained a third ethnicity by being taken as a servant for white men, where he became very educated in English culture.
  • In Call Her Savage, half-Native American Moonglow tells Nasa the white girl that he knows his place as a half-caste, while she can do what she pleases. In the end it turns out that she's a "half-breed" too (and the gross implication is that this makes it OK for them to be together).
  • Goodfellas: Despite all of their success in bringing in money for The Mafia, Henry Hill and Jimmy Conway never become "made men" because the group only accepts men with 100% Italian ancestry and they're both half-Italian, half-Irish.
  • What a Girl Wants: Daphne's love interest Ian invokes this when he bitterly muses about his upper-crust grandparents "taking pity on their miserable half-breed son" when his parents died, mentioning that one of his parents was a noble while the other was a commoner.
  • Black Panther: It's heavily implied that part of the reason King T'Chaka abandoned Erik in Oakland after killing N'Jobu was because he didn't consider the boy to be a true Wakandan for having an American mother. N'Jobu had expressed concern about Erik not being welcomed to the country when he was alive, claiming the other Wakandans would consider him "lost".
  • Aquaman (2018): All of the Atlanteans except Vulko and Atlanna openly look down on Arthur for his half-human heritage, although Mera eventually gets better after spending enough time with him. Even the Karathen, the sea monster guarding Atlan's trident, expresses her disapproval for his half-breed nature, until he reveals that he can hear her.
  • Where Hands Touch: Leyna suffers from this continually, as a result of her biracial ancestry, growing up in Nazi Germany. Simply having her appearance means she constantly stands out from everyone else.

  • The main character of The Beast Player is a child of a woman of the Mist People and a Tohda breeding man. Results of such unions are usually called "Akun Men Chai" ("Child of Impossibilities"), because their parents should have never meet, yet alone fall in love.
  • Kire: Flora is half-hulder, half- nøkk , which makes her discriminated among the magical creature society, mostly because only elves are allowed to interbreed. Most humans who see her also see her mostly as a nøkk which scares them.
  • Tanis of the Dragonlance novels is a half-elf who gets a fair amount of shunning from the humans as well. Many other half-elf characters in the same setting are treated poorly, too.
  • In Loyal Enemies, it initially looks like the elves don't want to take in the orphaned half-elf girl Virra because she is a half-breed. As it turns out, they aren't being snobbish because of her human blood, it's the elven part they're not too happy about. Virra is part layne, belonging to an elven clan whose members have the killing touch and tend to work as assassins.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Hagrid, a half-giant, introduces us to the Ministry's inclinations towards Fantastic Racism. Professor Umbridge takes this even further, biasing her review against him to make him seem extremely stupid and incapable of teaching a class in Order of the Phoenix. She even refers to centaurs as "filthy half-breeds" despite the fact that all of them are born of centaurs, not horses and humans.
    • Being a "half-blood" wizard, i.e. having one parent be a Muggle (or Muggleborn) and the other a wizard, doesn't have quite as much the stigma around it as being purely Muggleborn, but it's still kept quiet within the prejudiced Slytherin house. Notably, both Voldemort and Snape are half-bloods and yet they've expressed disdain for their own kind. That's not even counting for the fact that almost all of the most powerful wizards in the series have been half-blood, including the aforementioned two, Albus Dumbledore (hands down the most powerful wizard in the series), and Harry himself.
    • Werewolves are counted as half-breeds under wizarding law, and it's mentioned several times that they have difficulty finding jobs or being accepted in society. Lupin mentions that he was only able to attend Hogwarts because Dumbledore was headmaster and was kind enough to come up with ways to work around the condition. While it's somewhat understandable for wizards to be nervous about hanging around someone who turns into a monster every so often, the fact that they only transform during the full moon and the fact that the Wolfsbane Potion allows transformed werewolves to essentially be harmless makes the extent of discrimination against them pretty excessive.
  • Most notably in the Deryni works, Morgan and Duncan come in for a great deal of criticism from the Camberian Council for their mixed parentage. They are frequently denigrated as "rogue half-breeds", and despite showing great promise as mages (including manifesting a Healing talent lost for centuries), they are extended official Counciliar protection only after much acrimonious debate in High Deryni. Even their continued heroism and loyalty does not mitigate the stigma for some elder Deryni High Lords and Ladies. From the human side of things, since there is an absolute taint (socially speaking) from magic, their parentage does not make them any less reviled.
  • In the Shadows of the Apt series Half Breeds are treated as an inferior class by all other races (despite many of the different kinden living in peace with strong interracial friendships and couplings). However all the Mixed Ancestry characters we meet are either already being used for their blend of abilities or eventually rise above their racist superiors: Totho is recruited by the Wasp military engineer Dariandrephos (another Half Breed who outshone his peers) who recognises his talent for designing weapons. Also Tisamon's Half Breed daughter is a mix of the two most rivaled races Spider and Mantis. Unsurprisingly she also becomes grudgingly accepted among the Mantis kinden for her talent as a Weaponsmaster.
  • Rayona from A Yellow Raft In Blue Water is half Native American and half African American, and finds that she fits in with neither culture.
  • Injun Joe. The bad kind. And he's even referred to as such several times.
  • In The Stone Dance of the Chameleon, children of Masters and common people are called marumaga. As the Masters place a tremendous value on blood purity, the marumaga are technically slightly higher in the hierarchy than common people, but it doesn't really matter all that much.
  • In Warrior Cats, cats who are the result of a forbidden relationship between cats from two different Clans are called half-Clan cats. Some characters are more accepting of them, knowing that it's the cat inside and not their blood that determines who they are, but others mistrust them simply because they share the blood of another Clan. A notable example is Jayfeather in the fourth series - everyone trusted him before, but after his lineage is revealed, when he fails to save a drowning cat, he's accused of trying to murder said cat, even with witnesses. He points out that it's only because he's half-Clan that they don't trust him.
  • In Jacqueline Carey's The Sundering, Ushahin Dreamspinner is a half-Ellylon Child by Rape who is completely rejected by the Ellylon and eventually beaten nearly to death by humans.
  • In the Dragaera series, it is a taboo for members of different Houses (sort of a combined race/ "hat") to have children with each other, and those who are the product of such unions are pariahs. The only House immediately open to them is the Jhereg, which will extend membership to anyone for a fee. Crossbreed characters have tended to be villains with a Freudian Excuse:
    • The villain of the novel Jhereg, Mellar, had Dzur/Dragon ancestry from his mother and Jhereg ancestry from his father, and in revenge for being treated badly by everyone, planned a (nearly successful) Batman Gambit for decades to humiliate and/or destroy the Dzur, Dragons, and Jhereg.
    • Gritta, a character from the prequel series is the half-breed daughter of a disgraced courtier, and grows up in The City Narrows as a sort of Eponine expy, used in her father's schemes, and with some implication of being pimped by him. Paarfi, the "narrator" gives a probably Fair for Its Day authorial comment in relation to Grita about how dislike of half-breeds is defended by stereotypes that they are immoral/criminal, and how this often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Over the course of the series, Grita goes from her lowly origin to become a powerful Evil Sorceress.
  • Doctor Maya Witherspoon from The Serpent's Shadow gets a lot of flak for being the child of an English officer and a Brahmin priestess from India. Her maternal aunt tries to kill her for it, and did murder her father once her mother died.
  • Honsou of the Iron Warriors Warhammer 40,000 books is descended from a mixture of the Iron Warriors' own geneseed and that of their worst enemies, the Imperial Fists. In the original Storm of Iron, he's the only "captain" in the Warsmith's army to not actually hold that rank, and both the full Captains really enjoy giving him crap about his half-breed status. Even after Honsou's own ascension to Warsmith, bringing up his DNA is a surefire way to press his Berserk Button.
  • Emma, the heroine of Catherine Cookson's novel "The Whip" was utterly rejected by her mother's side of the family and everyone connected to them, because her father had been a Spaniard. Her maternal grandmother with whom she was sent to live after her parents died forbade her to continue using her father's last name because it was "foreign." Dilly and Luke abused her physically while lampshading her halfbreed ethnicity. Even kind-hearted, non-abusing Barney who went on to marry her affectionately called her "a funny little Spanish onion."
  • The "tragic mulatto" was an old trope of period literature, and involved a character of mixed white and black or other ethnic ancestry who was not accepted by his or her community, often with tragic results.
  • The eponymous protagonist of the Sabina Kane series is the product of a treaty-violating love affair between a vampire noblewoman and a mage. She is a pariah among her vampiric family with the only occupation open to her being hitwoman for the Dominae, and she was told from birth that her mage family wanted nothing to do with her. It's a lie: the mages never knew she existed until just before the story begins, and she has a twin sister who very much wants to meet her.
  • Discussed with Calla and Indigo in The Sharing Knife: Horizon. In farmer society, half bloods face fears of being witches and are not trusted. Lakewalkers do not accept them at all, unless they can demonstrate they can use their groundsense.
  • The Godless World Trilogy has the nakyrim, half-human, half-woodwight hybrids who have significant magical powers, and are loathed by all. Most live in isolated communities, made up of their own kind in order to avoid discrimination. One of them, Aeglyss, after being thrown out of such a community, goes so far in his attempts to make the world accept him that he nearly causes the apocalypse, as his angst and pain poison the minds of everyone on earth.
  • The god Cyrgon of The Tamuli ordered that any child born from the union of a "pure" Cyrgai soldier and foreign woman was to be murdered. The bastards, known as Cynesgans, were eventually granted leniency when it was determined they made good cannon fodder. After the apparent demise of the Cyrgai race, the Cynesgans came to power but were looked down upon by every other race.
  • Sunny from Wings of Fire has pure golden scales and a stingerless tail unlike those of other SandWings, who are either pale white or sand-colored and have stings at the ends of their tails. This is because Sunny's mother is a SandWing named Thorn, and her father is a NightWing named Stonemover.
  • Roots touches on this. It is repeatedly mentioned that Kunta Kinte has nothing but contempt for light-skinned blacks, once citing how a girl from his village was shunned for giving birth to a mixed-race baby after escaping from slave traders. As such, his daughter Kizzy is very dismayed at how light her Child by Rape is.
  • Olivier de Bretagne (birth name Daoud) in the Brother Cadfael novels is the son of a Syrian mother and a white father. His parents loved each other but, just to make it worse, weren't married and his father left without knowing his mother was pregnant. He makes his way to England in the books, and encounters discrimination both on page (from one of the villains of The Virgin in the Ice) and off, although his liege lord doesn't seem to care a whit about his heritage and lets Olivier marry his ward and niece.
  • The Crimson Shadow: It's said many elves and humans dislike half-elves, though we never actually see anyone express this.
  • Alpha from Survivor Dogs is a wolf-dog who grew up in a wolf pack. "Pup", as he was known as a pup, was teased due to being a half-breed. One scene involves him overhearing two adult wolves gossiping about how they can't believe his mother mated with a "filthy dog" and they believe that's why Pup was the only survivor of the litter.
  • In The Mortal Instruments there are Mark and Helen Blackthorn. Both of them are half-shadowhunters, and half-fairies. But because the shadowhunters despise and hate the fairies, they discriminate against the two. When Mark is kidnapped by evil fairies, they do nothing to save him. Helen, on the other hand, is banished to a secluded island, where she is separated from the Society of shadowhunters.
  • The Silerian Trilogy: Ronall is the son of a Valdan man and Silerian woman. As he laments, Silerians view him as a Valdan, even though he's lived in Sileria all of his life. Valdani, meanwhile, view him as a Silerian. Both dislike him for his heritage.
  • In the Earth's Children series, this often happens to those born of mixed Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon heritage (called "children of mixed spirits" in the novels). The Neanderthals consider them "deformed" and almost invariably cast them out at birth and the Cro-Magnons disparagingly refer to them as "animals" and "abominations".
  • Doglands: Furgul is a Child of Forbidden Love between a racing greyhound and a wolfhound/greyhound mix, making him a lurcher. His mother helped him and his sisters escape their kennels so that they wouldn't be culled for being mutts. Once Furgul runs off and is taken in by humans, his new Bulldog housemate tells Furgul that lurchers aren't well-liked. People would rather have a purebred than a mixed-breed, thus they're usually ignored in exchange for purebreds. Mixes also tend to be euthanized quickly.
  • Princesses of the Pizza Parlor: Selvi, half-human, half-orc princess, orc father, human mother, who also was "looked down [...] for her mixed blood", as said in the first book.
  • The Han Solo Trilogy: Han surmises that Shug Nix has suffered from this due to his mixed background given Shug's wariness when they first meet, probably from Imperial officials mostly, as the Empire views anyone of such heritage as second-class citizens.
  • In the 1987 book Stray, Pufftail spent several days in a pet store window because no one wanted to spend a fiver on a moggy kitten. His black-and-white brother looks appealing for a mixed-breed, but Pufftail's just a common brown tabby. Many people thought he was too expensive and complained that they could get a kitten just like him for free elsewhere. Eventually, he was sold, alongside his more expensive brother, for only one pound.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Mash had an episode featuring a Chinese-American who ended up being the special patient: the inner conflict of killing other Chinese guys got him to subconsciously want to do himself in for it.
    • Another episode involved a half-Korean, half-white baby being left at the camp (presumably the child of a US soldier). They are told that her life would be in danger in a Korean orphanage because she represents a threat to racial purity. Since her father won't identify himself and callous American officials refuse to allow her to be sent the US, the only option to protect her is to send her to a monastery to be raised by the monks.
  • Star Trek:
    • In "This Side of Paradise Kirk invoked this, insulting Spock's parentage to anger him so he would snap out of the spores' influence.
    • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Amok Time," we get a verbal version. When Spock pleads with T'Pau to block Kirk from the kal-i-fee, she insults him for being so "human".
    • Tora Ziyal in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is the daughter of the Cardassian Gul Dukat and his Bajoran mistress Tora Naprem. During the first six months of the Dominion occupation of Deep Space 9 she spends time at a Bajoran art school, and reports being the subject of racism from her Bajoran classmates. There's indications that she's not alone in this, but in fairness to the Bajorans this is less than six years after the end of a half-century of brutal military occupation by the Cardassians.
  • In the miniseries Centennial, Jacques and Marcel Pasquinel are sons of a French trapper father and Arapaho mother. They have a hard time fitting in, and it doesn't turn out well.
  • Farscape plays the trope straight with Jothee, D'Argo's half Luxan-half Sebacean son, given the extreme adherence Peacekeepers have to keeping the Sebacean bloodlines pure. The trope is subverted with Scorpius, as he manages to become a very high-ranking Peacekeeper despite the fact that he's A) a half-breed and B) the other half is Scarran, the Peacekeepers' biggest enemies. Played straight with Scorpius' upbringing amongst the Scarrans, though; most of his childhood was spent being forced to cleanse himself of "Sebacean weakness" and prove himself worthy of being considered a Scarran- up until he stabbed his caretaker's eyes out with a coolant rod. He is also later revealed to be faux-spy for the Scarran leader, so he somehow managed to insinuate himself into the ranks of both halves despite their hatred of each other.
  • In Power Rangers Mystic Force, the Troblin (half Troll, half Goblin) Phineas is despised by both Trolls and Goblins.
  • The half demons in Angel 'Hero' had this. The pureblood Scourge (who really weren't pure if you consider what Buffy the Vampire Slayer established) hated them and humans feared them because they looked so strange. The kids only went out on Halloween.
  • Highlander had Charlie DeSalvo, half black and half Italian, who told Macleod that both groups bullied him.
  • Law & Order: UK touches on this when DS Joe Hawkins is called a "mongrel" by a Jerkass dark-skinned suspect. It's one of the few instances that shows colorism can go both ways.
  • Any Day Now also cites this when the dark-skinned Renee runs for District Attorney. Her campaign manager is a light-skinned, biracial woman, and the two almost immediately clash, with Renee taking every suggestion the woman makes as an example of But Not Too Black. Only when the woman finally blasts her for her nasty attitude and tells Renee that she will not apologize for being proud of her multicultural heritage does Renee realize that she's been just as bad.
  • On Penny Dreadful, Dr. Henry Jekyll's mother was Indian and his father British. He faced plenty of prejudice at the English boarding school his father sent him to, and much of the hostility of his "Hyde" side seems derived from his resentment about this.
  • ER. Dr. Cleo Finch tended to see racism as the reason behind every slight or reprimand she or any other African-American physician dealt with. Boyfriend Benton inadvertently insinuates that she's overcompensating because her mother is white. Ergo, she's displaying this trope against herself.
  • Dear White People: Sam mentions that people insult her sometimes over being mixed race. This gets much worse with the internet troll AltIvyW in Season 2.
  • Angel shows that this is typical of how vampires are treated by demons. Vampires are demonic spirits that inhabit human corpses. They have many weaknesses, and demons are usually stronger than them. An evil demon often has many vampires as subordinates. Later, however, demons who are friends with vampires are not discriminated against. Harmony later also becomes a celebrity, and makes the vampires suddenly become the stars of the demon world.
    • Such a case exists with the Groosalugg. He is a hybrid of human and demon, but he is not a real half-demon, but has only human ancestors, but he is a kind of atavism, almost looks like a human. This was a great disgrace to his clan, so he was sent to dangerous missions, where he was to be killed. But it was better for him, and later he became the king of his folk.
    • An unusual case is with the two half-demons Nash and Pearl. They discriminate against anyone who is NO hybrid. Both are of the opinion that people are smart, but at the same time weak. Demons, on the other hand, are strong, but also archaic. They both claim, however, that they have advantages from both sides as half-demons. And in fact, the only person who treats well by their is the half-demon Whistler.
  • The Mini Series Queen, is based on the life of Alex Haley's paternal grandmother, who was the result of an affair between a slave and her owner. Throughout her life, she endures considerable trauma from both whites and blacks, who make it clear that she doesn't belong with either side.
  • Orange Is the New Black: Brook, who's half Japanese and half Scottish, suffers this from other inmates, either disclaiming her Asian ancestry entirely or simply hurling slurs at her over it.
  • Mixed-ish: The kids’ first day of school was met with derision from the racially segregated student body and a few questions on what they were mixed with. Johan and Santamonica fit in easily by picking a side, black and white respectively, but Rainbow refuses to.

  • Cher's hit single "Half Breed" is about the tumultuous life of a half-white, half-Cherokee woman rejected by both races.
  • "Yaller" by Cab Calloway:
    Ain't even bad, I ain't even good,
    I don't understand and I ain't understood,
    Not a friend sticks to the end when you're yaller.
  • "The Orange and the Green" by the Irish Rovers tells the tale of an Irish boy with a Protestant father and Catholic mother. This is possibly an inversion, given that both sides dote on him in an attempt to get him to convert to their side.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Aja Kong's father was a black member of the US Military stationed in Japan and suffered from this during her childhood as a result.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In many settings, this can happen for half-races with mixed bloodlines, half-orcs or half-ogres especially. Usually, the explanation is that the parents races are at war, so either side may see only the blood of the enemy in them — or, as tactfully used to describe half-orcs, "Their existence implies an interesting back story that most would not like to dwell on."
  • Forgotten Realms has the half-drow. Many of them choose to leave the culture of drow, and do good. But for the other races, they looks in no way different from the drow. Among the drow they are despised again, because they have in half the "inferior" blood of another race in themselves.
  • Warhammer 40,000: While its believed to be completely retconed nowadays, older edition's of the game mentioned that humans and Eldar where booth created by the Old Ones and could have children together. With predictable result's considering what sort of setting w40K is. A major exception was Illiyan Nastase who held the rank of Ultramarine Chief-Librarian.

  • In Abraham's Bosom: The central theme of the play. The rather gross and racist message seems to be that Abraham's half-white, half-black ancestry is his problem; that his whiteness is making him raise himself up above his station and try for things that black people have no business trying to achieve.
    Lije: Abe is bad mixed up all down inside.
    Bud: White and black make bad mixtry.
    Lije: Do dat. (Thumping on his chest) Nigger down heah. (Thumping his head) White mens up heah. Heart say do one thing, head say 'nudder. Bad, bad.
  • In Miss Saigon, Kim is trying to prevent her son by an American GI from experiencing this. The fact that her cousin Thuy tries to kill the little boy tells you how rampant the hatred towards these children are. Later in the show, we see that one of the soldiers has formed an organization for these children, called "Bui-Doi" (many of whom have been abandoned by their mothers) trying to either reunite them with their American fathers or find loving adoptive homes for them. Even the Engineer gets a little of this. At some point in the show, we learn he's the result of his prostitute mother's liason with her French customer. One wonders if he may have had the chance to be more than a pimp had this not been the case.

    Video Games 
  • Inverted in Mass Effect with the Asari, where being a pureblood is considered offensive as it indicates that neither parent Asari was interested in expanding the Asari genetic memory by mating with another species. It's an indication of extreme selfishness according to Liara. Plus pure breeds tend to have a higher tendency to produce Ardat-Yakshi, their psycho space sex vampires.
  • Played with in Dragon Age. When a human and an elf conceive, the child is considered basically human in almost all cases (no Pointy Ears, for a start). Dragon Age II tried to give elves a more distinct look, and introduced a "half-breed" NPC who was taller than the average elf but lither and with sharper features than a human. He feels like a Fish out of Water almost anywhere he goes.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • Generally averted or at least significantly downplayed throughout the series, as several in-game books and backstory details indicate that each race of Men (Imperial, Breton, Redguard, Nord) and Mer ("Elves" - Altmer, Dunmer, Bosmer, Orsimer/Orcs) can indeed interbreed, with the race of the offspring being virtually identical to the mother (averting All Genes Are Codominant) with a few of the father's traits potentially sprinkled in.note  For example, if an Altmer father and Nord mother produce a child, it wouldn't be a Magic Knight combination of each race. Instead, the child would be almost entirely Nord with the potential of having some Altmeri traits, such as slight points to his ears, higher cheekbones, or a slightly different skin tone. Downplayed in large part simply because it is difficult to distinguish the offspring from the race of the mother, so only those who are aware of the race of the father would be in a position to discriminate. It is possible for more hybridization to emerge, but only by generations of interbreeding — the Bretons (as a matter of historic record) and Bosmer (according to legend) both come from Mannish and Merish ancestors, with some according traits, but they are still definitely Men and Mer, respectively.
    • In Oblivion, the Gray Prince, a champion gladiator had an Orc mother and an Imperial father. As you learn in a related quest, his father was also a vampire. This is the the part the Gray Prince takes much harder than the human father part itself.
  • The protagonist of Assassin's Creed III is Connor Kenway (born Ratohnhaké:ton), son of a Native American and a British colonist. A core premise of his character is that he's unable to truly fit in with either society, and falls in with the Assassins as they are the only ones who welcome him for what he is. Although he fights alongside the Continental forces in the American Revolutionary War, he is not in it for their freedom, because he knows they aren't in it for his.
  • Tales of Symphonia features a lot of discrimination against half-elves. They're used as everything from scapegoats to slave labor, with even the Big Bad of the game starting off his campaign of carnage because he's a half-elf who was abused in his mortal lifetime.
  • Hagspawn in Mask of the Betrayer tend to get a poor welcome from both sides of their heritage; humans shun them for being ugly brutes spawned from monsters, while hags are just evil in general and don't grant exceptions to their offspring (especially offspring with none of their magical talent). Gannayev, your hagspawn, gets the extra bonus of being disliked even by other hagspawn, as he has little in common with them both in appearance and demeanor. Human girls like him though. Much to the ire of their fathers.
  • Played straight in Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura by half-orcs, who are looked down upon because everyone assumes they only exist because male orcs rape human women, and half-ogres, who have a reputation for being Dumb Muscle (but don't let one hear you say that). Averted by half-elves, who are generally well-liked despite pureblooded elves having a reputation for being haughty snobs.
  • In Xenoblade, a few High Entia tend to look down on their half Homs namesakes, especially those who belong to the Bionite Order. Even considering the many that have no qualms with them, there's still a general stigma when it comes to their involvement on royal affairs which forces the party member Melia, the crown princess of the High Entia, into a dangerous trial to prove herself to her ancestors.
  • Rexxar of Warcraft III is a Mok'nathal (half orc, half ogre). When he first meets the orcs, they grudgingly let him in with "You've got the look of an ogre, half-breed." (and even then, only because he's bringing a message from a dead orc messenger). When he tried to get a clan of Ogres to join the horde they consider him weak for being half orc. By the end of the campaign, he's Thrall's Number Two and general, leader of the Stonemaul ogres, and leading the Horde to victory over the humans.
  • Final Fantasy X:
    • Seymour Guado had to put up with this crap as a child. The Guado had trouble accepting someone with a Guado father and a human mother. His father was too useless to protect his family, so Seymour and his mother were exiled. Then mom sacrificed herself to become an aeon so Seymour would have the power needed to become a savior that everyone would accept. The Guado do eventually accept Seymour as their new leader, and the rest of Spira comes to love him as a maester of Yevon. Too little, too late.
    • Averted with Yuna, who's half Al Bhed (viewed with suspicion by Yevonites for using technology), as her father brought a ten-year period of respite from Sin.
  • Fire Emblem
    • Inverted in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade with Rutger. He was the only person spared in the Bulgar Massacre because one of his parents was a native of Bern, and the Bern soldiery took him for one of their own... leaving him alive to hotly pursue Revenge on them across the continent.
    • Lyn, the child of a Lycian noblewoman and a Sacaen chieftain, in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade is subjected to this upon arriving in Lycia. The embittered Marquess Araphen (who hates Sacaens because he loved Lyn's mother Madelyn but was spurned) and her granduncle Lundgren (who tries to murder his brother for the Marquess of Caelin title) both refer to her as a "mongrel" for her mixed blood; in both cases though, this is more of adding insult to injury as the Sacaen plainsfolk are, as a whole, discriminated against in Lycia especially by the nobility - Lyn never mentions any hardships in Sacae proper and was quite happy in her tribe before they were slaughtered by bandits (although she mentions that the few survivors refused to follow her, which may have been for more reasons than she realised...)
    • In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, the Branded, those with both laguz and beorc blood, are subject to discrimination by both races, consummation of such an Interspecies Romance being a "crime against the goddess". It is revealed late in Radiant Dawn that when a child is born to such parents, the laguz parent loses the ability to transform, and becomes something belonging to neither species. This was discovered roughly eight-hundred years earlier when Altina gave birth to a child fathered by Lehran; the first beorc-laguz hybrid ever. Before the birth, everyone was excited because it seemed like the ultimate proof of the new peace between the two races. Then Lehran lost all of his powers after the child's birth, everybody panicked thinking that a new race war would result from laguz fears of being breeded out, and such unions were outlawed, which increased tensions and ensured continuous violence between the two sides for centuries more.
    • Nah in Fire Emblem Awakening, the daughter of the manakete Nowi and a human male, describes having experienced this sort of discrimination in the foster home she was sent to after her parents' deaths in the Bad Future; her foster family was disgusted by her Mixed Ancestry and no matter how hard she tried to please them without complaint their treatment of her never became any warmer. This made her very straight-laced and serious (albeit more childish than she would admit to being), and she is shown to desperately crave some positive attention from her parents due to this lack of acceptance in her life.
  • In Tales of Rebirth are there constant fighting between the Huma and Gajuma, but the ones having it worst is the halves between the two. The discrimination against them might mamke one put the game down and take a break for a while before continuing. This and other serious matters are never Played for Laughs. This is the Darker and Edgier ''Tales of'' game after all.
  • Dark Souls: Zig-Zagged. Half-Breed Priscilla was treated as an Eldritch Abomination from day one simply because she was half-dragon and half-god. (Please don't think about how that worked). Eventually they sealed her inside The Painted World of Ariamis and founded an entire order of human guardians just to make sure she never got out. (Note that, after thousands of years of imprisonment, she hasn't even once tried to leave.) Cruel? Yes, since she's completely non-malicious and just wants to be left alone. Unjustified? Perhaps not; her powers are explicitly anti-divine, and she could've likely made quick work of the gods if she'd wanted to.
  • Humans in general are victims of this trope in the Diablo series; they were born from forbidden unions between angels and demons, and the first generations of humans, the Nephalem, were said to have the potential to surpass both their parent races in power, leading to both races fearing them. The archfiend Azmodan has described the existence of Nephalem as "Creation's greatest sin", and the angel Imperius tried to get heaven to vote in favor of exterminating them for the good of creation (they were spared, but only by a single vote).
  • According to his lore in Dota 2, Sven's heritage as half-Pallid Meranth (from mother) and half-human/Vigil Knight (from father) caused people of both races to completely shun him and his mother while his father got executed when his affair was discovered. As a result, Sven grows to become a bitter Rogue Knight In Sour Armor.
  • Sa Ga Frontier: Asellus is the only Half-Mystic in the game due to being a human that got a blood transfusion by the lord of Mystics Orlouge. Other Mystics, save a few that are her friends, shun her, while other humans are scared of her. Depending on how she carried the game, Asellus may get over the issue, or snaps and becomes evil as a result.

    Web Comics 
  • In Drowtales Drowolath/Drowussu hybrids have it particularly rough in the Crapsack World of the setting, since the two cultures are not supposed to mix. They have a few places they can go and be respected, but one of the major clans that accepted them fell apart and sent many to the streets or to other clans. Chiri'nide also experiences some of this since her father was a Light Elf, until it turns out that Drowussu are descended from Light Elves anyway, so she doesn't really count.
  • And let's not forget the Fantastic Racism version prevalent in the world of Kevin & Kell, where most of the 'race' definition is based on diet (thus, Rudy is generally not subject to this despite being mixed species).
    • Though Lindesfarne did note in a plotline where lawmakers tried to ban marriages between herbivores and carnivores that it was a slippery slope, and that banning herbivore/carnivore marriages now could lead in the future to banning mixed marriages of any sort-say, a wolf (Rudy) and a fox (Fiona).
    • There seems to be widespread prejudice against herbivore-carnivore relationships held by many people in Kevin & Kell. Those who are prejudiced against any mixed breeding are portrayed as a group of small extremists and this is much less accepted.
  • Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic:
    • Jone Half-Orc's mother Goria, while a full-blooded orc, got this from both orcs and humans. She was exiled from her clan for bearing a half-human child, and the humans grudgingly let her live at the outskirts of their town, but never made any effort to conceal their contempt (or lust). And just when things seemed to be getting better (having found acceptance amid the multicultural Black Mountain, and discovering that Goria was the last of a legendary orc clan, Jone was possessed by the orcs' god to become an Omnicidal Maniac.).
    • Glon Smitharm was also discriminated against at every turn, and lashed out angrily at those who made fun of him. While he knew he was half-human, he was certain he was half-human, half-... elf. It took him a while to accept that he was half-orc (having a mother who loved him helped with that), then discovering his father was the lord he worked for before he got better.

    Web Original 
  • In The Gamer's Alliance, many people with Mixed Ancestry end up being frowned upon or worse. Suffering from her half-elf heritage at the hands of elven bullies eventually drives Shyralis into villainy, and Refan's half-demon bloodline comes back to haunt him and causes all sorts of trouble.
  • Racebending discusses this trope here. They argue that the film industry prefers to use this trope in order to make white-looking characters the victims of Asian racism while ignoring stories about white racism against Asians.

    Western Animation 
  • A television film of Sabrina: The Animated Series had the young witch conceal her half-witch status from her friends in the Witch Academy. When her new friend's half-witch status is discovered, she's ridiculed by the rest of her classmates until she and Sabrina decide to journey to the Witch's realm so they can both become full witches.
  • Kaijudo: Ray is half-Japanese/half-white, and regularly has to deal with bullies at school because of it. His Mon Tatsurion (Bob) is Armored Dragon/Beast Kin and is wanted by the former race for siding with the latter.
  • Family Guy:
    • In one episode, Peter discovers he has a black ancestor, Nate Griffin. Peter briefly tries to embrace his black heritage, but becomes a pariah in the eyes of both races - the whites because he won't shut up with the "white devil" rhetoric and the blacks because he grossly abuses his affirmative-action privileges and makes them look bad.
    • Alluded to in another episode, which shows Nate Griffin fathering a mixed race family with a white woman. One of the children naively comments that the great thing about being mixed race is, when he grows up, he's going to be accepted by everyone.
  • This is implied in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, though it seems to be accidental on the writer's part. Donkeys and ponies are both treated perfectly fine however mules (who are the offspring of a female horse and a male donkey) are the pun of Fantastic Racism jokes. Rarity once started sobbing when the Diamond Dogs called her a "mule" (though she was exagerrating her Drama Queen aspect). She also believes mules are "old and ugly". There has yet to be a major mule characters though so it's unknown if mules often face this.
  • In Voltron: Legendary Defender, Galra hybrids born through interspecies relationships are more or less accepted and can work their way up to high positions, but there's a sizable contingent of traditionalists in the military who think half-breeds are shameful and shouldn't be allowed to be soldiers. The Galra Empire pretty much runs on the Galra themselves being the Master Race above everyone else, so hybrids and their legitimacy for positions in Galra society seems to be a controversial grey area.
  • Steven Universe
    • Zig-zagged concerning the main character. Steven is a Half-Human Hybrid, with his non-human half being Gem. Humans don't generally recognize Steven (or even full Gems) as different from humans, while the Gems Steven grew up around were his loving family. However, Gems don't reproduce naturally, so the concept of a Gem hybrid is completely unheard of. Most Gems discriminate against Steven by refusing to acknowledge his existence (or just not comprehending him) as an individual separate from his mother— he has Rose's gemstone, thus to Homeworld (and during his infancy, the Gems in his own family) he's just Rose in a different (ugly) form. On the other hand, the only time a Homeworld Gem recognized Steven's mixed nature was calling him "some sort of hybrid abomination", and given that Homeworld values conformity above all else and see organic life as worthless, the concept of a Gem hybrid would presumably be seen as despicable. Jasper was plenty disgusted at "Rose" fusing with a human to form Stevonnie.
    • The closest thing Homeworld has to hybrids are cross-Gem fusions. Fusion is allowed on Homeworld, but only between Gems of the same type and for combative purposes. "The Answer" reveals that when Ruby and Sapphire (accidentally) fused for the first time, the Gems around them were outraged to the point that Blue Diamond ordered that Ruby be shattered for fusing with a member of her court. "Off-Colors" shows that cross-Gem fusions like Rhodonite and Fluorite are forced to hide underground with Gems who are also "defective", that is, those who cannot or will not fulfill their intended purposes. If found, they are shattered on sight. Many are Romantic Fusions, which crosses over with Maligned Mixed Marriage.

    Real Life 
  • Actress Jennifer Beals is biracial and was bullied in her black neighborhood in the 1970s. She also says that she has trouble finding roles because she is either not white enough or not black enough. For all her roles, she insists on the characters having the same racial background.
  • According to some sources, Bruce Lee faced discrimination from his martial arts classmates due to the fact he was 1/4 German.
  • Halle Berry suffered this for much of her early life in suburban Ohio in the 1970s and '80s. She has said that she considered herself white until she went to Hollywood and was cast in "black" roles. Now she embraces this identity and wants her mixed-race daughter to as well.
  • This was apparently often faced by the children of US servicemen born to Vietnamese women after the war. Many were sent to the US to be adopted because of it (Miss Saigon is an example). In fact, this caused a lot of problems among the servicemen since they are already married to white women (and have their own children) in the States.
  • In Japan and Korea, there is still very much social stigma placed on people of mixed ancestry (especially towards those of mixed race between those two in specific, due to the larger racial enmity between them, which goes back even beyond WWII). Contrary to what many Westerners might think, Japanese and Korean people do look different if you look closely enough. One extreme example was the Japanese Emperor having to apologize in public because of his Korean ancestor - from 800 years ago.
  • Real life is quite fickle with this trope. In one place, those of mixed-race descent are of higher status than those who are purely one race, i.e. the Colorist system of the Caribbean, where those who look "whiter" (or have a larger percentage of white ancestry) have higher social standing.
    • It often depends on how each group 'counts' you, and what the rules are. These rules can range from the one-drop rule and its relatives to mixes being recognized (which varies according to degree), and even strict female or male lines. This trope can be a particular problem when the father comes from a group that follows the matrilineal and the mother's people are patrilineal...and then there's the issues caused when the mixed-race individual is seen as 'proof' of their parents' being category traitors.
    • There is also the factor that if both sides of the family were their respective nations' royalty or nobility it may be much less likely to be a problem, but not always.
    • Drifts all over the place with Eurasians in the Indian subcontinent. Those born to white mothers in mixed-race couples were typically given the “one drop rule” treatment while those born to British fathers occupied a special mid-tier between colonials and natives. After the 1857 sepoy mutiny, Eurasians of patrilineal descent faced distrust from both sides and their opportunities became severely restricted. Post Independence, however, saw Eurasian communities being given protected status in India’s equivalent of affirmative action.
  • Jamaican singer Bob Marley was half-white and was bullied about this during his childhood.
  • In his autobiography, Malcolm X mentions that his mother hated her light complexion to the point where part of the reason she married his father is because he was dark-skinned and would give her children some color and favored his siblings over him because he was light-skinned himself. Malcolm himself mentioned "hating every drop of white blood in me". Whether they each felt this way because of the color or because of how it came about—Malcolm's grandmother was raped by a white man— isn't clear.
  • Mixed-race couples and their children were historically maligned in the U.S.note  to the point of it being illegal in many states for black people (or others such as Asians, in some cases) to marry a white person until 1967. Also, since interracial romance and interracial sex were considered immoral, federal sex trafficking laws were routinely used to prosecute black men for being in consensual relationships with white women until the language was clarified to only apply to prostitution, sex slavery, statutory rape, rape, and pedophilia. The Child of Two Worlds trope didn't come into play as often because a mixed-race child was more likely to be rejected by both parent groups instead of just one or the other.
  • Meghan Markle described going through this personally and professionally. Even now, white detractors of her marriage to Prince Harry makes it clear that they still consider her black, as evidenced by the slurs leveled at them—including a neo-Nazi group deeming Harry a "race traitor" and calling for his assassination—while black detractors snidely suggest that the only reason she snagged him is because of how light-skinned she is and that she would never have had a chance had she been darker.
  • Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding has gone through this, lamenting that he's had to deal with white people mistreating him for being half-Asian and Asian people mistreating him for being half-white. In fact, some people criticized his casting in the film for the latter reason.
  • Mixed ancestry isn't strictly necessary to be considered a "half-breed." Even pure-blooded immigrants (or their descendants) who refuse to ghettoize tend to end up shunned by a significant portion of the culture they came from and the culture they've adopted. Simply being born to a couple of mixed cultural ancestry (but the same race) can result in prejudice.
  • Roman general Flavius Stilicho (who was considered one of the most powerful men during the last days of Rome) was the son of a Vandal father and a Roman mother. Despite his mixed heritage, there is little to suggest that he identified himself as anything other than Roman and a Christian as Christianity was the state religion of the Roman Empire at that point in contrast to the Vandals that practiced German paganism or Arianism, but that didn't stop his political rivals from accusing him of duplicity. In fact, this is one of the reasons that led to his downfall as his military failures against Vandals were viewed as him working with enemies against Rome, leading to Stilicho's execution.
  • Comedian and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, experienced this in his childhood. He's spoken and written about how his Xhosa mother and Swiss father's relationship had to be kept a secret, because during apartheid in South Africa it was illegal to be in an interracial relationship, though Trevor notes that his mother would've gotten a worse punishment than his father. Then Trevor was born, and he remembers how both Afrikaners and Africans would think of him as "half-caste", "mixed-breed", or even a "mutt". One of the things he remembers is that if he was walking down the street with his parents, he and his mother would walk on one side of the road and his father on the other. His mother would also have to avoid holding his hand in public in fear that a policeman would suspect something. Trevor's mere existence was dangerous, because if the white police noticed that he was mixed race, they would realize that his mother had an illegal relationship with his father.

Alternative Title(s): Maligned Mixed Ancestry, Tragic Mulatto, Hybrid Discrimination


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