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The inverse of the Evil Albino, the Heroic Albino is a good guy who has albinism. Albinism is a condition that affects the production of melanin, resulting in the body and hair of the subject to be partially or completely white. In fiction, use of this condition to indicate heroism usually takes advantage of the idea that that Light Is Good. White is the color of innocence, purity and holiness, so a character whose whole body is white must be very good indeed, sometimes to the point of Mystical White Hair.

This trope is more popular in Japan, where pale skin is considered very fashionable. In the west, pale skin is usually frowned upon as looking sickly or creepy, making the inverse of the trope more common. Heroic Albinos sometimes, but rarely, have the red eyes found in some cases of albinism in humans.


Contrast Evil Albino and White Hair, Black Heart, where pale skin and white hair are a sign of villainy.


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  • Shiro from Deadman Wonderland starts out this way, but then it's revealed that due to a Split Personality and a Dark and Troubled Past, she is actually The Wretched Egg, responsible for killing all of Ganta's classmates and landing him in that hellhole to begin with. :And THEN it's revealed that she doesn't even have a split personality; she was evil all along.
  • While the morality of pretty much any character in Death Note is debatable, Near does work to defeat Light and end his killing spree. (He succeeds, too, which helps.)
  • Heine Rammsteiner from Dogs: Bullets & Carnage becomes this more and more as the series goes on. Despite his bad attitude and a tendency toward apathy, (and the fact that he's a genetically altered killing machine with a psychotic voice in his head that occasionally takes over and performs horrible acts of violence) he steps in to save a little girl from getting sold into the sex trade and makes sure that she has somewhere safe to live, and from there he slowly becomes increasingly altruistic.
  • Dorothea Essenbach from the manga Dorothea is a prime example of this trope as she is very obviously an albino with a heroic cause (protecting her friends and family from 'supposed witch'-hunters).
  • Akise Aru, boy detective, from Future Diary. He's certainly more heroic than most characters in the series.
  • Misaki Saiki, an albinistic dominatrix, is the principal heroine in the Ghost Talkers Daydream manga.
  • Gintoki Sakata, the main character from Gintama, with red eyes (green in the manga) and a white natural perm. Sure, he might be a Jerk Ass Manchild with a Sweet Tooth and a Shonen Jump addiction, but he's still pretty heroic where it counts.
  • While Alzeid from Hatenkou Yuugi isn't the most heroic of characters, he's definitely not evil. It's also a plot point that he and his brother don't suffer from the health problems mentioned on the Evil Albino page.
  • Bell's albinism in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ties into his White Bunny Animal Motif. His soul is also chalk white, taking this trope to extremes (especially considering the goddess who mentioned this had never seen anything like this before.)
  • Jewelpet: Ruby, The Heroine of the franchise, is a white rabbit with red eyes.
  • Jormungand:
    • Koko Hekmatyar has bright-white hair and skin, but blue eyes. Being a arms dealer with her own private micro-army, she qualifies for the Anti-Hero variant.
    • Jonah is this with a deep tan. In this case, the tan is justified as he was born and raised in the Middle East.
  • K has Anna, a psychic Elegant Gothic Lolita who is a Clansman of the Red King until she becomes the new Red King in the movie. She has the red eyes. She also happens to be colorblind, and the only color she can see, is... you guessed it.
    • There are plenty of other heroic white-haired characters, most of whom are pale, but Anna seems to be the only one that really counts for this trope.
  • Kagerou Project:
    • Mary, a quarter-Medusa whose Image Song is about her beginnings as a Hikikomori living alone in a forest (referenced below in Music), and how she came to believe she was an Evil Albino, but was proven wrong by Seto. Throughout the rest of the story she is a quiet member of the Mekakushi-Dan, but ends up saving everyone using her Medusa powers when Shintaro and Ayano give her back all of the memories of previous time-loops.
    • Mary's mother, Shion, was no slouch either. While she did keep her daughter inside (albeit with the intent of showing her the world once she was sure her powers were under control), she uses her own power for the first time (after swearing to her mother not to) when Mary was in danger, resulting in her own death.
    • Tsukihiko, Shion's father and Marry's grandfather, was also this trope. He empathized and fell in love with Azami due to his albinism also making him a "monster" to the villagers, so he decides to build a home for the two of them. In the process of building the home he was beaten by the other villagers whenever he went to get materials, but he never faltered and always kept a smile on his face for her.
  • Kimba the White Lion the white lion, though white lions are more accurately described as leucistic rather than albinistic.
  • Miyabi, Action Girl from the manga Madness, who is both shown to be (in the rare coloured page) and stated to be an albino. She used to be an Evil Albino, but that was due to Mind Control that turned her into an Unfettered Calm-but-Ax-Crazy Blood Knight.
  • Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic gives us Ja'far. He's Sinbad's Good Chancellor and tries to rein in his more reckless or morally gray impulses. He was less this trope in his backstory, though.
  • Setsuna Sakurazaki of Mahou Sensei Negima! is an unusual case for being a half-Demon, and yet — being member of the Uzoku/crow tribe — somehow has white wings. Vampire Evangeline has alluded to her wearing contact lenses and dying her hair. For demons in particular, it makes for Fantastic Racism.
  • Natasha from Majuutsukai No Shojo seems to be a villain during her first appearance, but she was actually mind controlled and is soon freed, after which she turns out to be a kind, ditzy and fiercely loyal, to the point of sacrificing herself for the heroine.
  • Tobirama Senju of Naruto heavily contrasts with his brunette brother by being white-haired and pale-skinned - and the anime ramps it Up to Eleven by giving him red eyes. He was a founder to Konoha - generally acknowledged as the most benevolent ninja village - and is still held as a model. In the flesh, he's rather less idealistic and more cynical than Hashirama but has his heart in the good place.
  • Rei in Neon Genesis Evangelion is usually taken as an albino as she has bluish-white hair, pale skin and reddish eyes. She also fights against Eldritch Abominations that menace humanity. While Hideaki Anno intended Rei to be a creepy Emotionless Girl, a lot of the audience either took a shine to her or looked upon her as a Stoic Woobie. Another example of this trope on the same show is Kaworu Nagisa after Shinji's love leads him to do a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Xerxes Break from the manga Pandora Hearts is an albinistic hero with a very intricate past (his past self, Kevin Regnard, was one of the most notorious mass murderers in history, but sacrificed his life (to an extent) to reverse the deaths of the people he served in a desperation play) and a strange sense of humor. Though his motives are sometimes suspect, he tends towards self-sacrifice in times of need (by using his Chain, the Mad Hatter, for example. Which is slowly killing him with every use as a result of the steps he took as Kevin Regnard).
  • Isla from Plastic Memories is the protagonists partner and his love interest. She looks the part but is a Ridiculously Human Robot and other characters have unusual hair colors, so it's likely cosmetic.
  • Princess Mononoke has Okkoto the white boar god. Despite the movie's Grey and Gray Morality, Okkoto is certainly heroic in the sense of being a Reasonable Authority Figure and a courageous fighter.
  • Inner Moka from Rosario + Vampire is more of an Anti-Hero, although her shift from an Unscrupulous Heroine to a Knight In Sour Armor is pretty significant.
  • The eponymous character of Soul Eater, while never outright stated to be albino due to his tanned skin, has the white hair and the red eyes, but is probably more an example of You Gotta Have White Hair.
  • Tegami Bachi pretty much revels in this. The main character, Lag, as well as Gauche (in the beginning, at least), Dr. Thunderland, and a number of others.
    • There are a lot of albinos in Amberground, so it follows that a lot of them are going to be good guys.
  • Rinka Urushiba in Tokyo ESP, she even has glowing white hair when she uses her Intangibility powers.
  • Soldier Blue of Toward the Terra is one of the gentlest, kindest characters in the series, with a truly admirable inner calm. Despite this, he does not hesitate to place himself personally in the line of fire in literally a moment's notice if those he cares about are threatened. He literally threw himself in front of a blast meant to destroy an entire planet seconds after realizing what was going on.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
  • In Overlord (2012) the acting chief of the Red Eye Lizard Folk tribe is an Adorkable female albino lizardwoman named Crusch Lulu. She thinks she is ugly because of her albinism, but Zaryusu instantly falls in love with her when he sees her.

    Comic Books 
  • The White Witch from the Legion of Super-Heroes. (Although her colouration is the result of her magical powers, she has pure white hair, chalk-white skin, and red eyes, so she certainly came across as an albino.)
  • La Lunatica, a psychic vampire and member of the future hero team X-Men 2099.
  • Lady Death, though she's definitely more the Anti-Hero type that qualifies as an Evil Albino. (And not even a real albino.)
  • Domino from X-Force (and other X-Men books) is described as being an albino, despite having black hair. Maybe she dyes it.
  • Silver Shadow from Dave Cockrum's Futurians, a former super-spy who now has the power to control shadows and teleport through them.
  • Elrod of Melvinbone, a parody of Elric (see Literature), occasional character in Cerebus the Aardvark. He speaks like Foghorn Leghorn and invariably, I say invariably, gets himself into trouble.
  • Sigil from Shaman's Tears (and its spin-off Bar Sinister), who is a human/vampire bat hybrid.
  • The title character of Supreme along with his sister. Their white hair is the result of exposure to Green Rocks, though one of his villains does refer to Supreme as an albino.
  • Fahrenheit Monahan from the Lackluster World series is an alienated albino journalist who tries to shake the rest of the world out of its consumerist slumber via some harmless vandalism.
  • Olive from Gotham Academy is an interesting case as she has all the traits down except for her chocolate brown skin. She's more of Anti-Hero as well, pulling reckless stunts and crossing Batman, but they're all to protect the people she cares about. Which includes Killer Croc.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Caliban in Logan has pale white skin and eyes. He shows his caring side by taking care of the ailing and elderly Professor Xavier and assisting the deteriorating Logan. Unfortunately, his albinism results in a severe weakness to sunlight, which is used to torture him by Pierce. He performs a heroic sacrifice attempting to take down Pierce.
  • The White Rabbit and the White Queen from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010).
  • Pei Donglai of Detective Dee is this, albeit leaning towards Anti-Hero rather than a straight hero.
  • U-Vee from Disturbing Behavior is not exactly a hero but he's still quite a likable character.
  • Nuala the Elf Princess from Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • In Me, Myself & Irene Casper is set up as an Evil Albino who murdered his entire family. As his presence on this list indicates, that isn't quite true. When Charlie and Irene ditch Casper with a flimsy excuse, it appears that Casper is going to pursue and kill them. However, at the film's climax, Casper ends up saving Charlie by killing the bad guy with a lawn dart. It's later revealed that Casper lied about murdering his family because he was intimidated by Charlie who was a paranoid schizophrenic. Turns out his family just moved to Arizona. "I mean look at me, I wouldn't last two days in the sun".
  • You can't really say he is a hero, but Noi from Noi Albinoi, an Icelandic movie, features an albino as the main character, who, while bored, is a good guy overall.
  • The eponymous character in Powder.
  • Bim the dog, a Gordon setter, in White Bim Black Ear. Gordon setters are black with mahogany patches (like this), while Bim is white with some black patches (like this). And Bim is quite the hero, working tirelessly to get back to his master Ivan after Ivan falls ill with a heart problem and is taken away.
  • Bhoot, the albino wolf cub in Mowgli is a constantly cheerful character who is Mowgli's best friend and Living Emotional Crutch.

  • Elric of Melniboné, the titular character of Michael Moorcock's The Elric Saga. As an Anti-Hero who has ancestral pacts with supernatural beings of varying morality and a sword that eats people's souls, he also qualifies as an Evil Albino.
  • Beowulf "Bey" Shaeffer, hero of several stories in Larry Niven's Known Space series, from the planet We Made It, which is populated primarily by albinistic people due to a founder effect from the original colonists. Bey has no unusual powers besides being exceptionally brave, quick-witted, and one hell of a pilot. He's also the victim of discrimination on Earth, where he isn't allowed to have children because of his "genetic flaw". He adopts instead.
  • In The Grey King, the fourth book in The Dark Is Rising. Bran, an albino boy, turns out to be The Chosen One and the son of King Arthur.
  • Bjørn Beltø, in Tom Egeland's Norwegian novel Sirkelens Ende pre-dates but is very similar to The Da Vinci Code. Coincidentally it features an albinistic person in a positive role while the latter does the opposite.
  • Billy Raven of the Children of the Red King series is an albino orphan seeking adoption. He also fulfills the "magical powers" aspect of this trope (he can talk to animals), but then, so can all the other main characters. Billy also has a Disability Immunity: a villain named Manfred can't use his Hypnotic Eyes on Billy, who has poor eyesight related to his albinism. The author doesn't spell it out, but many albinos suffer rhythmatic nystagmus, where the eyes uncontrollably jerk back and forth from side to side, to the point where it is actually impossible to make traditional "eye contact." Billy also provides a bit of a Deconstruction of the Evil Albino archetype in the early books, where the villain manipulates him by promising to help him find an adoptive family. (It is implied that his albinism is part of the reason no one has ever adopted him.) Nevertheless, he was always sympathetic and genuinely liked the heroes. (Incidentally, he winds up getting adopted after his final Heel–Face Turn.)
    • It's also revealed that Billy's ancestors Amadis, as well as his son Owain, are both heroic albinos much like Billy is, as well as having the same magical powers as him.
  • Maple White, explorer and original discoverer of the plateau in Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World (1912) is described by Professor Challenger as having some characteristics of albinism.
  • Serbitar, the noble warrior priest in David Gemmell's novel Legend.
  • In Sophie and the Albino Camel and other books by British children's author Stephen Davies, the hero is an albino camel called Chobbal. The animal experiences rejection by his own mother so is fed and nurtured by a young African boy. The albino camel has a cheerful and generous disposition.
  • Peter West, the protagonist and narrator of the novel Simple Man, is depicted as having realistic eye problems. The character is the great-grandson of a fictional early 20th-century albinistic circus performer, Angelica Georgiou. It is implied in the narrative that Angelica was very beautiful, intelligent, talented and charming in her prime.
  • Older Than Print: In The Shahnameh by the great Persian poet Ferdowsi, Prince Zal is born an albino and as such, abandoned to the wilds by his father, but is taken in and raised by the wise and kind Simurgh, a magical dog-bird hybrid. He goes on to not only be a hero but the father of a hero.
  • The eponymous character in The Albino Knife, part of Steve Perry's Matador Series.
  • Aloysius X. L. Pendergast is an albinistic FBI agent from a series of novels written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. His brother,on the other hand...
  • Albino rodent girls appear in several of Paul Kidd's furry stories. I.e. Yariim from The Fangs of K'aath, Shaani from the Gamma World novel Red Sails in the Fallout, and Nezumi Chiri of Spirit Hunters.
  • Dangerous Beans from Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, as far as his people are concerned, invented ethics. He is, however, a mostly-blind pink-eyed albino rat.
  • The main character in the YA novel The Likes of Me, which is about a girl in early 20th century Oregon who happens to be both half-Chinese and an albino. She runs away from home and, among other adventures, joins the circus.
  • One story-book version of Robin Hood describes Maid Marian as an albino. She hides in Sherwood Forest with a group of outcasts because the people believed she was a witch because of her appearance, but she is firmly in the good guy's camp. Her son with Robin has white hair, as well, and the framing device for the story is a boy having a dream who also has white hair—it's implied he's their descendant.
  • Jak Lauren of the Deathlands adventure series.
  • Richard Henry Benson, of the Pulp Magazine series The Avenger has a particularly strong case of Locked into Strangeness that bleaches not only his hair but skin as well, and gives him Frozen Face. Even his irises are nearly white, giving the Avenger a truly icy appearance.
  • In a Dragonlance short story, there is an albino silver dragon. A knight thinks it is a white dragon and slays the creature.(The fact that white dragons have a cold/ice breath and silver dragons have a paralyzing breath aids the confusion. The knight realizes too late that when he couldn't move, he didn't actually feel cold.) After realizing he just slaughtered a being of pure good, the knight decides to care for the dragon's baby. Perhaps not actually a hero, but it is an albino creature that is completely good, killed because of the way she looks.
    • It could have been more confusing still, as silver dragons have a cold breath weapon as well.
  • Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird, although he is often mistaken for an Evil Albino, turns out to be harmlessly ugly and a Gentle Giant. In fact he's a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold. It's unclear whether he is genuinely albinistic or just sickly pale from being locked up his whole life.
  • The kid named "Dark" from The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness's sixth book, Ghost Hunter. He was rejected by his clan and now lives in the mountains with his albino raven, "Ark". They both turn out to be a great help against the Big Bad.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire
    • Ghost is an albino direwolf raised by Ned Stark's noble-born illegitimate son Jon Snow. All the Stark children, including Jon, have a direwolf of their own and the direwolf is the sigil of House Stark. Each child shares similarities with their direwolf. The story draws comparisons between Jon Snow's illegitimacy and Ghost's albinism: they are each both a part of their respective families but are also somewhat separate from their siblings at the same time, they both mature quicker than their siblings, and they are both particularly observant.
    • "Bloodraven" was a Hand of the King, spymaster and Lord Commander of the Night's Watch during his lifetime, but was considered an Evil Albino for slaying his rebellious siblings and for suspected magical powers. It turns out that he's been living as a Greenseer for decades among the children of the forest and is apparently more benevolent than his reputation held.
  • Pondwader from Kathleen & Michael Gear's People Of The Lightning. Hearteningly, he does have focus issues and is short-sighted, but he's also more of a lanky albino fluffball than heroic, despite being the protagonist.
  • In Dragon's Egg, there is an albino named "Pink Eyes". He is especially notable because he belongs to a species of aliens about the size of a grain of rice, who all live on the surface of a neutron star, where even the laws of physics play out differently. Playing straight into the trope, he is a sickly outcast who eventually wins favor as a prophet. The scientific justification is that his eyes are sensitive to different wavelengths of light, so he can see some of the activities of the orbiting human research station.
  • Urthwyte the Mighty, of the Redwall novel Salamandastron. Urthwyte was portrayed as a kind and gentle badger with a special talent for forging armor.
  • Anne McCaffrey's series the Dragonriders of Pern includes a nonhuman albino, the unique white dragon Ruth. Ruth is also smaller than most of his species, and his eggshell was too thick for him to successfully hatch on his own.
  • Oswald, who saves the day at the end of the Deptford Mice series.
  • In Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40,000 Gaunt's Ghosts novel Blood Pact, Kolding. To be sure, having been deeply traumatized when young, he is reluctant and eccentric, but he comes through: he's a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold.
  • Several of the characters in the Fablehaven series, most notably Warren Burgess, lost their pigmentation (along with most of their brain functioning) after encounters with a revenant. Their minds were restored after the revenant's defeat, and their albinism was soon cured by a magic artifact.
  • Bibwit Harte, a human version of the White Rabbit, from The Looking-Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. He even has big ears to go with the "rabbit" motif. Hell, his name is an anagram of "white rabbit."
  • There's Dancy Flammarion of Caitlin R. Kiernan's Alabaster, a heroic teenage monster hunter, described by the author as being a "creepy little 'Boo Radley' albino girl."
    • Threshold makes her...much creepier, and introduces the idea that much of what she might just be a passing individual who Chase Mathews absorbed into a psychotic episode following the death of her grandparents. Because the alternative is that Dancy fought, and was eaten by, Great Cthulhu, and then subsequently spat back out again as either herself or a doped up Changeling so Chance wouldn't remember blowing away a few dozen ghouls.
  • The Fool from Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy is one of these, a court jester with white skin and hair and colourless eyes, even if it's later revealed he's not 100% human.
  • In the Tunnels series, protagonists Will Burrows and Cal Jerome are both albino. In general, the civilization Beneath the Earth called the Colony highly values albinism, as it indicates direct descent from the albino Founders.
  • In The School Mouse by Dick King-Smith, the mouse protagonist crosses paths with an albino mouse. Initially she is terrified by him, believing him to be the ghost of her dead friend, but he actually turns out to be quite nice.
  • Blagden, the white raven from the Inheritance Cycle, turned white BECAUSE of something heroic he did—saving an elf's life in battle. Said elf gave him the ability to talk and think, which turned his feathers white as a side effect. note  In-series, though, he doesn't do much except speak in riddles and yell "Wyrda."
  • Philip of Macedonia, Amos's giant crocodile from The Kane Chronicles.
  • Any heroic Underland human in The Underland Chronicles is this by default.
  • According to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a certain demon called a nogtail can be driven away with pure white dogs, and so the Ministry of Magic keeps albino bloodhounds for this purpose. Not quite heroic (they're animals, and you can't really apply morality to them), but helpful at any rate.
  • In Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor, the main character Sunny is one of these. Arguably could be an aversion since her albinism is not a huge deal in the plot.
  • Although not a true albino, Kiki Strike has pale skin, nearly-white hair and pale eyes as a result of being poisoned as a child.
  • Evadne Stephens, Gadgeteer Genius and Action Girl in The Extraordinaires by Michael Pryor.
  • In Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn, the protagonist finds refuge from her abusive, criminal and eventually murderous uncle with the local vicar, who is explicitly an albino. He gives her valuable care and advice. He turns out to be the The Chessmaster behind the crime network, to whom the uncle is The Dragon, so it is all a setup for Evil Albino.
  • Bannor of Gathering the Enchanted qualifies as this.
    • Although, at this point in the story all he's really done is go Ax-Crazy on some shooters after they killed his friends. But we're still counting him.
  • In the Jacob's Ladder Trilogy, Tristen Conn is albino. This is implied to be the result of inbreeding, as the Conn family tree includes quite a bit of incest and he was born before the advancement of medical technology allowed them to eliminate the risk of genetic defects.
  • Pink Eyes from Warrior Cats is the series' first ever albino cat. He's also a solid good Cool Old Guy.
  • The Riddle Master Trilogy: Astrin Ymris, a secondary character, is the land-heir of Ymris and helps the main character when he loses his memory in the first book.
  • The Witcher: Geralt of Rivia, the main character, is albino due to undergoing more intense mutations that caused total loss of pigmentation. In terms of personality, he fits the Knight In Sour Armor archetype to a tee, being jaded and world-weary, but still trying to do the right thing in a Crapsack World.
  • Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book features one of these as the titular protagonist of "The White Seal."
  • Kreon from Catherine Fisher's The Oracle Trilogy qualifies. He also doubles as something of a Mysterious Backer and The Hermit.
  • Silchas Ruin from the Malazan Book of the Fallen is initially set up as an Evil Albino but ends up falling squarely into this cathegory instead. He is a Tiste Andii, who are all midnight-skinned, but somehow, his white skin defies even the magic of their goddess Mother Dark. He is described as "the most cruel of the three sons of Mother Dark", is known as "The Betrayer" by the Tiste Edur, is often likened to a reptile, and almost razes an entire city to the ground in Reaper's Gale because he feels like it. However, his goals are generally heroic and it's gradually revealed that while he's got a bad reputation, he was the one who actually did something during the Tiste Civil War while his Warrior Prince brother was off clowning around in the woods, and he fights in the series' end battle on the "good" side without a second thought and against great odds. Silchas Ruin is just not very good at showing his true intentions by anything else than the actual deed.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Shadow Architect (leader of the Shadow Proclamation) on Doctor Who is an albino woman, and although the Shadow Proclamation occasionally gets in the Doctor's way, they are clearly established as a Lawful Good force. Another albino woman works for the Shadow Proclamation and looks significantly similar to the Shadow Architect, suggesting that they may be Human Aliens with albinism as a species-wide trait.
  • Game of Thrones: Jon Snow's direwolf Ghost is an albino direwolf. The direwolf is the sigil of House Stark and the Stark children receive a direwolf each at the beginning of the series. While the direwolves belonging to Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon are shades of black, grey, and brown, Jon's direwolf is pure white. Ghost's albinism also has heraldic significance. Unlike the other Stark children, Jon is an illegitimate son and a custom very common in Westeros is for highborn, acknowledged illegitimate children like Jon to use the heraldry of their noble-born parent's House but with the colors inverted. For Jon, this means that his personal sigil is a white direwolf on a grey field.

  • "Snow", an albinistic psychic who achieves a messianic following, has his story told in Snow, a concept album by progressive rock band Spock's Beard.
  • Vocaloid fans often interpret Ia this way. Her hair is cream colored and her skin is even lighter, her eyes are light blue, and her biggest song, Imagination Forest, has an alternate version of her with red eyes and powers living alone, afraid to make friends but she is genuinely good-hearted. Her fandom portrayals vary from a quiet daydreamer girl to a highly intelligent but shy young woman who wants to break out of her shell. This is in sharp contrast to Sukone Tei and Mayu, who fans also consider albino but who have negative portrayals in the fandom. (Keep in mind there is no canon for Vocaloids.)

    Myths & Religion 
  • In the Kuna tribe of Panema, albinos are revered as children of the moon. During lunar eclipses, they fire arrows at the moon to defend it from a moon-eating dragon.
  • Noah has been interpreted as an albino from his description in the Book of Enoch (from the Dead Sea Scrolls), where he's born with white skin and hair and considered unusual by his parents.
  • Zal, a warrior from Persian mythology.

    Pro Wrestling  
  • Although he began as a heel, The Undertaker during his early WWF days could count as this, given his popularity with the fans.
  • During the late 1990s, Future Of Wrestling had the Garbage Wrestler, Al Bino, who happened to be quite popular given the garbage wrestling boom Atsushi Onita had kicked off in FMW had not died down yet.

    Puppet Shows 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Foresight from the Allies supplement for Champions is a heroic Hmong albino woman.
  • Madrak Ironhide from Iron Kingdoms and Hordes.
  • Helping an innocent young albino girl find refuge from prejudice among other human oddities is one of the sample scenarios from the Ravenloft supplement Carnival.
  • Freedom City's Atlas of Earth Prime has Whitestone, a Tanzanian albino superhero who fights the prejudices and superstition his home country has regarding albinism.

    Video Games 
  • Cyrus, the clone-son of Evil Albino Caulder/Stolos in Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. Same goes for Isabella/Catleia, an Opposite-Sex Clone.
  • Many of the protagonists of the Castlevania series, most prominently Alucard.
  • Celestial-blooded characters in Neverwinter Nights games and fan modules almost always show up with white or silver hair, very pale skin, and golden eyes.
  • Setzer, of Final Fantasy VI, is albino, even though most of his game sprites just give him light Caucasian skin. If you've seen his original character designs, though, it's definitely white. For Kingdom Hearts, they redesigned his character and made him a non-albino, though.
  • The standard appearance for the customizable protagonist of Fire Emblem Fates, whom also serves as the page image. While you can tweak their hair color, their pale skin and red eyes are locked in.
  • The Echani as a species in Knights of the Old Republic all have pale skin, silver-white hair, and silver eyes. They're members in good standing of the Republic, and are generally extremely loyal, though their alignment depends on whomever they're currently loyal to.
  • Deus Ex's J.C. Denton can be an albino, but his appearance is semi-customizable anyway.
  • Kevin Smith, the silent, knife wielding assassin with the power to become invisible at will. One of the seven Smith personalities you control in Suda51's Killer7.
  • Haseo from the video games Dot Hack GU has white hair and red eyes and is the hero.
  • From Cave Story, Curly Brace and the player. Sort of. They're both Ridiculously Human Robots with completely white skin (and in Curly's case, blond hair).
  • While not stated as an albino outright, Loue definitely applies to the trope, as he's a vampire.
  • Dr Strangelove in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is albino, but all this gives her is the high sensitivity to sunlight that led to her playing outside at night when she was a child, leading to her fascination with space.
  • The Ralts line from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, despite having green hair, actually all have pale, white skin, and large red eyes (Ralts' are less obvious because its eyes are constantly covered by its hair).
  • The Necromancer in Diablo II is at first glance one of those magical albinos, but TPTB suggest that he gained his pale skin and bleached hair from years of studying in tombs, crypts, and other dark and sickly places. Or maybe getting scared silly is an occupational hazard.
  • Ranger Ghost from Fallout: New Vegas is not very friendly, but still shows concern about what happened to Nipton and is sympathetic to the people of the Mojave.
    • You can also be one should you so choose: just create a Courier with light grey hair, blue eyes, pale skin... and a low Perception.
  • In Fallout 2, Goris was an intelligent, kind but strong companion who wore loose-fitting, but all-encompassing robes to protect himself from the sun. He's also a deathclaw, so it's likely that wasn't the only reason for the robes.
  • In the original Fable, choosing the good path for your character results in a very white, glowing hero.
  • Sabitsuki, in .flow.
  • Chipp Zanuff from Guilty Gear. Though he started out as a drug addict and common criminal, he learned the ways of justice from his ninja master and by the time of the latest game is a certified good guy. As a bonus, he is the second non-Asian character in the series to be able to use ki magic.
  • Sylvi from Telltale's Game of Thrones is a good guy as far as wildlings go, and is very protective of her brother, Cotter. Her village saw her white hair as a bad omen, and her mother left her in the forest to die as a baby, but her brother recovered her and left his village with her and they seem to have been looking out for each other ever since.
  • Geralt of Rivia, the Player Character and protagonist in all three of The Witcher games. Just like in the books, he pretends to be an uncaring Punch-Clock Hero who's only out to kill monsters for money, but the truth is he's a Knight In Sour Armor who will often let his conscience decide things.
  • As a White Bunny with red eyes, Marquis de Hoto from The Night of the Rabbit certainly has the appropriate look.
  • Impa from The Legend of Zelda has been portrayed this way starting with Ocarina of Time, where she had white hair despite being middle-aged at the oldest, red eyes, and a fierce loyalty to Princess Zelda and the Kingdom of Hyrule. This is extended to the entire Sheikah tribe in Breath of the Wild, where they all have Mystical White Hair, though their eyes tend more toward a muted maroon or mahogany instead of the vivid crimson Impa had in previous games. The villainous Yiga Clan offshoot of the Sheikah are presumably their Evil Albino counterparts, but we never see them underneath their masks and robes.
  • From The Elder Scrolls series' backstory comes Pelinal Whitestrake, the legendary 1st Era hero of mankind/racist berserker. Believed to have been a Shezarrine, physical incarnations of the spirit of the "dead" creator god Lorkhan (known to the Imperials as "Shezarr"), Pelinal came to St. Alessia to serve as her divine champion in the war against the Ayleids. Pelinal was known to have white hair despite his young appearance, though it was often stained brown with elfblood. To the races of Mer (Elves), he was instead an Evil Albino.
  • Rean Schwarzer from The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is an interesting case where the manifestation of his white hair is only when he accesses his Super Mode but otherwise has naturally black hair. But he plays this trope straight by Cold Steel IV, where his hair permanently changes to white due to overusing his powers at the climax of Cold Steel III.

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  • In Grisaia no Rakuen Kazuki takes up a leadership position within the group, without which their efforts would have been doomed. Kazuki contrasts the clone of Yuuji in that while they have the same condition, she does her best even if she seems amoral at times. In the epilogue, she doesn't do too well on the tropical island thanks to her weakness to sun, though mostly just enough to make her uncomfortable.

    Web Animation 
  • Cielle from Broken Saints, while somewhat unsettling at first, is very definitely a positive character.

    Web Comics 
  • Sleet from Dark Wings is the only known wyvern who is actively good, the others all being either Veslian Elite Mooks or else squirreled away in their hidden colonies.
  • Abbey, the Anti-Hero protagonist of Gnoph.
  • The neighbour from Flaky Pastry.
  • Lucy from Bittersweet Candy Bowl. As an albino cat, she is completely white with blue eyes.
  • Angels in Slightly Damned may count. They're naturally very pale and have white hair. One, in particular, is one of the main characters. Kieri Suizahn. kee-AIR-ee sue-EE-zahn
  • Paul from the EarthBound webcomic Earthfelt applies to this, but he dyes his hair black.
  • Homestuck's Derse-dreamer protagonist family contains some very odd eye colors—red (Dave), lavender (Rose), pink (Roxy), and amber (Dirk). Combined with the fact they're all drawn with white hair note , this leads to a very common fan interpretation of albinism (especially with Dave and Roxy). This has been endorsed by the creator as at least a reasonable deduction from the facts, if not exclusive canon.
  • Eugene Clockman from Cometh the Hour. Although, it can also be subverted considering his split personality disorder.
  • Eniko Maragos from Holystone. She's odd and impulsive, but also a warm-hearted ruler and mother.
  • Mori of The Dragon Doctors was attacked by a strange metafictional demon that kills you by devouring the story of your life. This took the form of it asking her questions about her past and erasing her memory of the answer; when it got to "what ethnicity are you?" she couldn't answer and all the color was drained from her body, leaving her the color of paper. It seems to be permanent, too.
  • Lovely Lovecraft: In the Dreamlands, we see a brief glimpse of an unusually pale Night Gaunt among Phil's followers. The author confirmed that that particular Night Gaunt is intended to have albinism.
  • Giant, AKA Prince Varka, from Wizard & Giant. He's got a temper, loves violence, and is an apathetic anarchist like his husband Wizard, but he genuinely cares about the people around him. Like everyone from the sunless land of Asura, he has white hair, pink eyes and very pale skin.
  • Silver the Hedgehog is portrayed with red eyes in Sonic the Comic – Online! instead of gold eyes like in the games. Despite his name, his fur looks more white than pure silver. Silver is from seventy years into the future in a world ravaged by Super Sonic (known to him as "Ilbis"). He and G.U.N. had been fighting Super Sonic for years to no success. Silver ends up travelling back in time to stop Super Sonic before he became too powerful to defeat. Silver has Psychic Powers and is presumably fourteen like his game counterpart.
  • Alice, the main protagonist of Junior Squad.

    Web Original 
  • Phantasia Celeste, eponymous heroine of the Phantasia prose/webcomics story. Although she may belong in the Mystical White Hair category because she's a fairy rather than human.
  • White Lightning: The Albino Superhero is a mock movie trailer about a crime fighting albino girl who cleans up the mean street of New York City.
  • Ruby from Ruby Quest might be this. She is referred to once as being white and is based on a character from Animal Crossing who is explicitly albino, but it's never said whether Ruby Quest's Ruby is albino, and the black-and-white artwork makes it hard to tell.

    Western Animation