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Interracial and Interspecies Love Index
aka: Half Breed

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An index for romantic and/or sexual attraction and intimate relationships between people of different races and/or species, as well as their offspring.

Also see Love Tropes, Sex Tropes, Attraction to Outliers, Race Tropes, National Stereotypes, Otherness Tropes, and the Index of Fictional Creatures.


General tropes
  • Bigot with a Crush: A character is romantically and/or sexually attracted to a member of a group of people whom they are prejudiced against.
  • Child of Two Worlds: A character is a member of two very different (and often opposed) communities.
  • Half-Breed Angst: Someone with mixed parentage is very personally insecure, because they feel unable to identify with either side of their dual heritage.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Someone with mixed ancestry is discriminated against by one or both of their parents' respective communities.
  • Hiding Your Heritage: A character hides their mixed ancestry.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Two people of different groups become romantically involved, and their respective groups don't like it.
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  • Mixed Ancestry is Attractive: Being mixed-race or mixed-species is inherently more attractive and exotic.
  • One-Drop Rule: Someone of mixed heritage gets pigeonholed into only being a single category that they belong to.
  • Warring Natures: A child whose parents are members of different groups that are currently at war with each other.

Interracial tropes
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  • Abandoned War Child: Sometimes (though not always), this character's father was a foreign soldier who had impregnated a local woman during a time of war or military occupation.
  • Ambiguously Brown: A character has brownish skin, but their exact ethnicity is not given. Though it's quite possible that they're multiracial.
  • Asian Babymama: The male lead discovers he has a child and the mother is an ex who is an "exotic" Asian lady.
  • Asian Hooker Stereotype: When an Asian woman appears with the sole purpose of being a prostitute.
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  • Black Gal on White Guy Drama: Relationships between black women and white men tend to be stigmatized.
  • But Not Too Black: A character who is known to be black, but their skin tone is very pale. This may imply white (or otherwise non-black) ancestry.
  • But Not Too Foreign: A character has some foreign/mixed-blood, but has attributes of their native background toned down.
  • The Chief's Daughter: The daughter of a native tribe's leader. She often has a romantic relationship with an explorer from another country.
  • Chocolate Baby: A child looks ethnically different from both of their parents, suggesting that their real father is someone their mother cheated on her husband with.
  • Europeans Are Kinky: The stereotype that Europeans tend to be more sexually deviant.
  • Fake Mixed Race: Despite their appearance, they're not actually multiracial.
  • Faux Interracial Relationship: A couple appear to be in an interracial relationship, but it later turns out they're actually the same race.
  • Foreign Fanservice: A foreign character is considered attractive for their exoticness.
  • In the Future, Humans Will Be One Race: In the distant future, all ethnic groups will eventually mix together until everyone looks racially homogeneous.
  • Insanely International Ancestry: A character has ancestors that have lived across the world.
  • Latin Lover: Hispanics, Latinos, Spaniards, and Mediterranean people are sexy.
  • Matzo Fever: Someone is sexually attracted to Jews in particular.
  • Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow: White men tend to fall in love with Asian women.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Can sometimes indicate that a character has a rather diverse cultural heritage.
  • Shiksa Goddess: A Jewish character's non-Jewish Love Interest.
  • Twofer Token Minority: A character who belongs to multiple minority ethnic groups, while the rest of the cast are unmixed members of the majority ethnic group.
  • Where da White Women At?: A black man who has a preference for Caucasian women.

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Alternative Title(s): Mixed Race, Half Breed, Mixed Ancestry