Follow TV Tropes

Following

Twofer Token Minority

Go To

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/stern.png
Black and Jewish? He's a diversity double-whammy!note 
"I'm Black, gay, and a woman."
Cynthia-Rose Adams, Pitch Perfect 2

Advertisement:

Called a "twofer" by media analysts, and usually spoken of as intersectionality in a Real Life context. A cast member or show participant who represents two Token Minority groups at once. More stark when most other participants on a show are white males.

Many news broadcasting teams have a white male, and a female minority member (usually Black, Asian, or brown-often of Hispanic heritage). This allows them to have a diverse appearing team even though the number of people on their crew is small. This "twofer" is a practice that is common in the industry and is commonly criticized by media watchdogs and minority interest groups. In particular, the complaint that comes up frequently is that it limits the roles and jobs available to men of color. Unfortunately, some of these complaints are themselves rife with Unfortunate Implications, since they tend to treat minorities as an either-or phenomenon, so e. g. only heterosexual males count as non-twofer representatives of an ethnic group, while gays and women, as well as members of religious minorities, fall under automatic suspicion.

Advertisement:

Of course, women are not actually a minority in terms of numbers, but count as such in media because of the long history of them being marginalized and are considered a 'sociological minority'.

Before adding examples, remember that the character must actually be a minority within the context of the story. If a show focuses on Black lesbians, then the whole cast wouldn't fall under this trope because they are not tokens. But if one character is Hispanic and disabled, she would. And Fantasy Counterpart Cultures only count if they're acknowledged as minorities in-universe.

A Twofer Token Minority must, of course, actually be a Token Minority in two or more groups; if there are significant members of the cast that share their membership in a particular minority group, then that doesn't count. Especially when the cast is a Five-Token Band, it often happens that you find individuals who belong to several minorities at the same time, e. e. as representative of the "melting pot" of an immigrant society through the children of an ethnically mixed couple. In a diverse cast where those minorities have broad representation, that is generally not an example of this trope.

Advertisement:

Also, it should be noted that there can be strong correlations between belonging to one type of minority and another. For instance, in a global context, most adherents of non-Christian religions also happen to belong to non-"white" ethnic groups, which from Western perspective makes most Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and others worldwide automatic "twofers" (and the female ones "threefers"). And strangely enough, many twofers are Black and Jewish, yet there is almost no acknowledgment of Ethiopian Jews (Beta Israel). Not to mention the fact that race has no correlation with whether someone is LGBT, disabled, or otherwise a member of non-cultural minorities. In Real Life this is called a "double minority", with people who fit into these often having to face extra prejudices (e.g. Black lesbians struggle against racism and homophobia).

Technically a similar concept to Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot except without having anything to do with the Rule of Cool.

Note: Obviously, this trope is not limited to combining just two Token Minority groups.


Examples:

    open/close all folders 

    Anime & Manga 
  • Berserk: In early arcs, Casca is the only recurring woman, while also being Ambiguously Brown. Averted in later volumes as the cast expands and gets far more recurring female characters and other Ambiguously Brown characters from different parts of the world start to appear. The first anime plays this trope completely straight due to only adapting those early arcs.
  • Durarara!!: Simon Brezhnev is an Afro-Russian who sells Japanese sushi.
  • Tweeny Witches: Lennon is the only mixed character in the franchise and the only male character to live by the culture of the Witch Realm.

    Comic Books 
  • The X-Men and their spin-offs contain numerous members of various minorities, so it is no surprise that a great many X-characters belong to several at the same time, especially since the launch of the "All-New All-Different" team in 1975. Note that in the following list minority status may change according to whether persons are in or outside their native country:
    • Dr. Cecilia Reyes is a "threefer": an Afro-Puerto Rican female (technically a "fourfer" once you remember she is a mutant).
    • Along similar lines, Armando Munoz AKA Darwin is also Afro-Latino.
    • Ororo Munroe, a.k.a. Storm, daughter of an African-American father and a Kenyan mother. Also, during Claremont's run as writer, there was some rather strong subtext that she's bisexual. She also believes in a mysterious female deity referred to as "Goddess" or "Bright Lady", which makes her an adherent of a (probably fictional) minority religion.
    • Nightcrawler: German (especially language-wise), Roma (by adoption) and a Catholic.
    • Sunfire: Japanese and probably Shinto and/or Buddhist. (Which in Japan makes him distinctly part of the majority).
      • The Exiles' Sunfire, an alternate-reality Mariko Yashida, was Japanese, female and homosexual.
    • Banshee: The original one an Irish Catholic, his daughter (formerly Siryn) also female.
    • Kitty Pryde: Jewish, female, and bisexual as confirmed by Marauders #12.
    • Magneto: Jewish and (after the writers finally made up their mind) German.
    • M (aka Monet St. Croix): A Muslim of French-Algerian parentage who's depicted as Ambiguously Brown. Her father is also generally depicted as a Black man, making him a Black Muslim.
    • Karma: Vietnamese immigrant, Catholic, lesbian, and an amputee.
    • Sunspot: Brazilian (speaker of Portuguese), son of a Black father and a white mother, Catholic.
    • Magma: Depending on her origin of mixed Roman and Amerindian descent, also Palaeopagan.
    • Jubilee: A Chinese-American woman of indeterminate religion. Also, an Undead-American and a single mother.
    • Psylocke: A white Englishwoman trapped in an Asian body.
    • Gambit: Cajun, American Francophone, Catholic.
    • Bishop: African-American, later retconned into being part Australian Aborigine.
    • Bling, one of the young Mutants trained at the Xavier Institute, is African American and bisexual. Her crush on Rogue is used as a plot point in one story.
    • Indra, one of the Indian recruits, is a Jain, member of a small religious minority not just in America, but also in his native country.
    • Colossus in his 1970's and 1980's shape and form: Russian (from Siberia), atheist and communist. Not so remarkable in his native Soviet Union, but quite an assemblage of minorities in New York.
    • Original team-member Iceman after a retcon involving his alternate-reality teenage counterpart: Son of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father and Gay.
    • Northstar: French-Canadian, Catholic and gay. And now partner in a multiracial same-sex marriage.
  • The Defenders: Magdelena Marie aka Veda from the Order is half German, half Mexican, as well as female. This is somewhat Lampshaded with her dropping her last name (Neuntauben) for the media because people had trouble pronouncing it. If you want to get technical, "Calamity" James Wa is an Asian amputee and Sgt. Milo Fields is a Black paraplegic, as well.
  • Connor Hawke, one of DC's Green Arrows, is a mix of White, Black and Korean. Artists and colorists sometimes have trouble don't bother reflecting this in his depiction. Mia Dearden, the second Speedy, is a twofer: female and HIV positive.
  • In Supergirl: Being Super Kara Danvers/Supergirl's friend Dolly Granger is a lesbian Black girl.
  • In the Bat-Family, Cassandra Cain is a Threefer: female, Asian, and has a learning disability due to her torturous childhood. The family also has Oracle (female, handicapped). Nightwing might count in the context of the Bats: not only is he Roma, but also relatively sane.
  • Renee Montoya is the child of first-generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Afro-Latina, and a lesbian (So a threefer, maybe a fourfer if we are counting being female as a minority). This served as the focus of an award-winning arc in Gotham Central, which revolved around her involuntary outing, and as an ever-present factor in the background, as she tried to make her way in the predominantly white, male Gotham City Police Department. She's also an honest cop in Gotham, which is a minority all its own...
  • Katherine "Kate" Kane, the new Batwoman, is a Jewish lesbian with long (and complicated) history with Renee, which is ironic, considering that the original Batwoman and Batgirl were created in order to prove that Batman and Robin were not gay.
  • Bluebird from Franchise/Batman is a bisexual woman.
  • Claremont's Gen13 run had a threefer - a wheelchair-bound Black Muslim. Fourfer if you count his having superpowers. The original Gen 13 also had the Apache lesbian Sarah Rainmaker.
  • Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver from The Avengers are the mutant children of an Ashkenazi Jewish father (Magneto) and a Roma mother.
  • Young Avengers:
    • Wiccan is both Jewish and gay. His boyfriend Hulkling is a gay Kree-Skrull hybrid.
    • Gay-Jewish-Mutant-Romani (from his sorta, "it's-a-long-story" mother, Scarlet Witch). Hmm.
    • The same series has former New Mutant Prodigy, who is Black and bisexual. Same with Miss America (lesbian of Latina descent) and Noh-Varr (Kree-cockroach hybrid, bi/queer).
  • Kasper Cole from the Black Panther comic book series is the child of a white Jewish mother and an African-American father. He ends up fathering a child with his Korean-American girlfriend, who jokingly points out all the trouble the boy will likely end up having due to his unique heritage.
  • Monica Chang from Avengers A.I. is a Chinese Muslim.
  • Alpha Flight:
    • Laura Dean is a Black, pre-pubescent, female, and autistic mutant.
    • Also Centennial was both Black and old (the smallest minority in all of superherodom).
    • From the original team, Northstar is gay and mutant.
    • Alpha Flight cadet Glory, from the ''Mighty Captain Marvel comic, is a Filipino lesbian with prosthetic legs.
  • The 2011 Teen Titans relaunch introduced Bunker, an openly-gay teenage superhero from Mexico. He is the first gay member of the main Teen Titans branch.
  • The WildC.A.T.s character Voodoo is mixed-race (half-Black and half-white) and bisexual. She was also the first Black woman to have an ongoing solo series in the DC Universe.
  • In the early 1990s, Archie Comics had the short-lived Black girl Anita in a wheelchair.
  • The 10 Captain Marvel or Ms. Marvel codename holders include several twofer token minorities, with all who use the codename being at least either female, alien or both. In the mainstream comics, the original Mar-Vell, his son, and Noh-Varr are the only males, and all are (Kree) aliens. Several of the women are racial minorities in the United States.
    • The first Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, the most well-known holder of the names Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel, is a female human/Kree hybrid. At one point she led the Avengers team.
    • The second Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau (currently using the name Spectrum), is female and African-American. At one point she also led the Avengers team.
    • The fourth Ms Marvel, Kamala Khan, is female, Pakistani-American, and has Inhuman (alien species) genes. She is also the first Muslim to headline a Marvel comics series.
  • Echo (formerly Ronin): Native American, Latina, female, and deaf. Also, a cross-dresser.
  • X-Wing Rogue Squadron comics don't usually touch on this trope, but "Rogue Squadron 1/2", a short comic taking place just before the run on the Death Star, has four pilots from Red Squadron on a mission. These pilots are Wedge Antilles, Biggs Darklighter, Jek "Piggy" Porkins, and Cesi "Doc" Eirriss. Doc is a Twi'lek woman, though unusually stocky and androgynous compared to how Twi'lek women are usually drawn, and she's the one who pulls a Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the comic. Everyone else is a human male. Everyone in Red Squadron, as seen in A New Hope, is human and male. Wedge's Gamble later tried to justify this, saying that the Rebellion, in the beginning, was almost entirely a human endeavor, with only a few nonhumans in until the movement started to get off the ground. Of course the Darklighter comic drew Doc as slinky, slender, and clinging to her human male WingMates, once again highlighting that one of these things is not like the others. Wedge also briefly dated a woman named Reina Faleur, who had dark skin (who soon vanished due to an aborted arc).
  • Scandal Savage from the Secret Six is a biracial (half white, half Native Brazilian) lesbian.
  • The time-travelling DC Comics hero Chronos (no, not the supervillain) is Walker Gabriel. He was adopted as a kid and didn't learn his background until years later, although he was obviously non-white. It turns out he's half-Chinese and half-ancient Mayan. His adoptive parents, incidentally, were also a mixed couple, his dad being white and his mother Asian. In the alternate timeline created when he saves his mother's life by erasing his own history, they adopt a little white girl, instead.
  • Sunfire from Judd Winick's run on Marvel's Exiles was a Japanese lesbian. She was also in an interracial relationship with an Alternate Universe version of Spider-Woman.
  • In the '90s, DC introduced a character who was half-Black, half-Vietnamese. Unfortunately, they named him Mongrel.
  • The New Warriors had Silhouette, who was half-Black, half-Cambodian, female, and fought crime on crutches.
  • In Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers, Shilo Norman (long established as the Black Mister Miracle) is also Ambiguously Jewish.
  • Ultimate Marvel has introduced Miles Morales, a half Black, half Latino child, as the new Spider-Man.
  • Even among the Five-Token Band cast of the original Atari Force, Li San O'Rourke stood out for being a Chinese/Irish character, just so the writers could squeeze in an extra ethnicity.
  • Doom Patrol has the villainous Monsieur Mallah, who is a threefer minority: French, homosexual, and a talking gorilla. Yes, there are enough in that last category on DC Earth for it to qualify as a minority rather than happenstance, they even have their own city in Africa.
  • Ren Kimura from Fearless Defenders is Japanese-American and a lesbian. She's also an Inhuman.
  • Suki Leiber, the main character of Goofyfoot Gurl, is a teenage surfer girl who is half Jewish, half Japanese.
  • Jem and the Holograms (IDW):
    • Jetta who is British and Black. She was white in the original cartoon but that was due to Executive Meddling. The executives wouldn't allow a Black villain but an Evil Brit one was fine. The comic combines her creator's original vision with the fact she is British in the cartoon.
    • There is also Blaze, who is a trans lesbian.
  • Jackson Hyde/Kaldur'ahm, the second Aqualad, is Black and gay.
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jake Oh is Korean-American and gay.
  • Vote Loki included a joke about how the title character could become America's first supervillain and female president. Outside of the joke modern Loki is established to be bisexual (Young Avengers), and genderfluid (Loki: Agent of Asgard) in addition to classically being the fictional minority of Jotun-Asgardian.
  • John Weller/Darr the Afflicter in The 99 uses a wheelchair and is also white.
  • Joe in Crimson is an Native-Mexican Catholic vampire.
  • Hero Cruz of Superboy and the Ravers is a gay Puerto Rican American with African heritage.
  • Jessie Wingo of Blake and Mortimer is not only a female FBI field agent (in the Fifties), but she's also of Native American origin.
  • Miguel and Gabriel O'Hara from Spider-Man 2099 are half-Mexican, half-Irish.
  • Spoofed in the Italian parody comic A is for Ignorance, where Brullonulla (a Villain Protagonist who can do anything he wants because he haves a PHD and is known for being extremely racist towards anything) is lured in a trap by is enemies with the help of what is known as "the ultimate token character": a Black midget born without legs who is gay, jewish, speaks with a lisp and haves "other generic handicaps", and also lives in San Marino and tastes like a dictionary if you lick him.
  • Cyborg is Black and, well, a cyborg.
  • Big Brother from Alan Moore's run on Youngblood, a paraplegic Black kid.
  • In recent interpretations, Wonder Woman is Ambiguously Brown and is confirmed to be bisexual.
  • Black Lightning:
    • Anissa is Black and lesbian.
    • Anissa's girlfriend, Grace, is Chinese and bisexual.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Francis, one of Pope Francis's fictional advisers is a Muslim woman who is also a survivor of human trafficking.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Glee fanfic Story of Three Boys, Puck mentions a few times that he suppressed his homosexuality more or less subconsciously for years, because it was bad enough that he was the poor, Jewish kid whose dad left.
  • Dr. Warragul Wirrpanda of Bait and Switch is of Australian Aboriginal descent, making him effectively Black and South Asian simultaneously. He's also the Token Human in a command crew otherwise comprised entirely of Rubber-Forehead Aliens (two Bajorans, two Andorians, a Trill, and a Pe'khdar).
  • In The Legend of Total Drama Island, Leshawna is one of only two Black people out of 22 on the contestant roster (the other being the Jamaican man, D.J.) and the only francophone (i.e. speaks French as her first language), and is explicitly described at her arrival as a "minority 'double play'". Her African descent is canonical; her coming from Quebec is the author's invention because he needed one of the contestants to be familiar with a certain restaurant in Montreal, and although her name is distinctively African-American, it sounds French.
  • In Total Drama fanfic 'Lunch Date with a Goth, an Indie Chick, and a Wide-Eyed Bubble Boy'' Cameron, as he's both the only guy and Black raced in this story.
  • Deconstructed in the Danny Phantom one-shot A Shallow End. Paulina laments that she could be either a "token lesbian" or "token Latina", but to be both would be unacceptable. This only accentuates her gayngst and suicidal ideation.
  • Pokémon: A Marvelous Journey: Merlin Knowles is both Black and autistic.
  • There's a threefer in the Five Nights at Freddy's fanfic, Something Always Remains: Vanna Belrose is Asian/European, female, and asexual. Her twin sister, Vesper, and her Aunt Bonnie also count as twofers, being part Asian as well, and female. There's also a Black woman, Gwen Carlisle, who's related to one of the missing children, and plays a key role in the Smiling Man's downfall.
  • Love Feels Like Home: The main character, Sorey Shepard, is autistic and gay.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The movie Gummo has a Black, gay, Jewish man with dwarfism.
  • The Family Stone: Two examples: Thad, a deaf gay man, is engaged to a Black gay man named Patrick.
  • In the 2008 remake of The Women, Jada Pinkett Smith plays a Black lesbian.
  • Chasing Amy
    • The titular Amy, who is a queer woman (initially identified as lesbian, though probably bisexual or pansexual). Her girlfriend and lesbian friends are more minor examples.
    • Hooper X, a gay Black comic writer posing as an angry Black militant to sell more comics.
  • Taylor in High School Musical, Black and female.
  • In the movie Cherish, there's a character who is a Jewish gay man with dwarfism who is also wheelchair bound. He points out at one point how he seems to be beaten with an unlucky stick.
  • In Rising Sun, Jingo played by Tia Carrere (herself a twofer) is a video footage analyst with mixed African-American and Japanese parentage and a withered hand since birth. She explains that this led to her being ostracized and labeled an outcast in her native Japan.
  • Tomboy from Survival of the Dead is a Black lesbian, which makes her a threefer.
  • 15-year-old Leonardo in the Brazilian short film Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho (I Don't Want to Go Back Alone) is blind and also gay. He's refreshingly blasé about both matters. The same goes for its feature-length adoption, The Way He Looks.
  • Mako Mori in Pacific Rim is the sole female in the main cast and she is Japanese.
  • Pitch Perfect: Cynthia Rose is the only Black member of the Barden Bellas, and also apparently the only lesbian.
  • In Power Rangers (2017), Billy is Black and autistic. Trini may be Latina and gay (based on her actress and some dialogue), but the movie mostly treats her as Ambiguously Brown and questioning her sexuality.
  • Bird Box: Greg is the only Asian character, and he's also gay.
  • In To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Lucas Krapf is a gay Black boy, while the other major characters are straight and white or Asian.
  • Out at the Wedding: Alex's boyfriend Dana is a Black Jewish man. Her friend Jonathan is a white gay man.
  • When Night is Falling: Petra is Black and a lesbian.
  • When Evil Calls: Molly is a threefer as she's female, bisexual and East Asian. Samantha too is an East Asian girl (both are among just three characters of color we see in the film, one Black boy being the other).
  • In The Half of It, Ellie is a lesbian and Chinese American.
  • In The Hot Chick, Keecia's mother is Korean and her father is a Black Jewish man.
  • As Good as It Gets: Frank Sachs is Black and gay (Word of God claims he's actually bisexual, but he never displayed any interest in women in the final film.)
  • Star Wars:
    • Lando Calrissian was the first Black character in the franchise. And according to Word of Gay in the leadup to Solo, he's pansexual as well.
    • Rose Tico from The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker is an Asian woman (or whatever the Star Wars equivalent of Asians are). Asians aren't very commonplace in the Star Wars franchise. Her late sister Paige was also Asian.
    • Rogue One's Chirrut Îmwe is Asian and blind. Saw Gerrera from the same film is a Black cyborg.
  • Tamara: Kisha is the only character of color and she's also a girl.
  • Deadly Detention: Kevin, one of the kids in Saturday detention, is a Black gay Christian.
  • A Quiet Place: Regan is a deaf girl.
  • Bit: Laurel is a transgender lesbian woman, who's accepted into a group of cisgender lesbians (who are also vampires). She starts out as the sole human too, before being turned. Two of the lesbian vampires are Latina and Black as well. The rest of the cast is White.
  • Thelma: Anja is the only character of color in the film, and (possibly) a bisexual woman.
  • Margarita: The main character is a Mexican lesbian (along with being undocumented in Canada).
  • Next Stop, Greenwich Village: Bernstein Chandler is both Black and very Camp Gay. Despite his (assumed) first name, he is not Jewish.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service: Gazelle is an Ambiguously Brown (Sofia Boutella is French-Algerian, the movie never specifies Gazelle's ethnicity) double amputee woman. Her prosthetic legs, which have razor sharp blades at the ends, are her Weapon of Choice.
  • The Craft: Legacy: Along with a Black girl (like the original film had), this one adds the Latina Lourdes, who's also a trans girl.
  • The Condemned: The two female contestants, Rosa and Yasantwa. Rosa is Latina and Yasantwa Black African.
  • The New Mutants: Dani is Native American (Cheyenne) and, we learn, also a lesbian.
  • The Craft: Rochelle. She wasn't actually written to be Black but when Rachel True was cast, racism was written into her storyline. A deleted scene confirms that Rochelle is the only Black girl in the neighborhood.
  • Act of Vengeance: Karen, who's Black, is the sole woman of color on the Rape Squad. Granted, there are only five.
  • Blood of the Tribades: All of the vampires are white except for a single woman who's East Asian, the twins and Bathor, who's revealed as a Black woman right before the end.
  • Tamara: Kisha, a girl who's Black or mixed race, is the sole character of color.
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol: Black woman Carter is the only person of color on the team.
  • A Recipe for Seduction: Jessica's best friend Lee doubles as both a Token Black Friend and a Gay Best Friend, being the one she calls to gush about Harland and also being completely devoted to helping her throughout the film.
  • Rough Night: Blair is the only person of color and she's also a bisexual woman.
  • Across the Universe (2007): Prudence is a lesbian and played by an actress of East Asian descent.
  • The Truth About Jane: The only person of color in the cast is Jimmy, a Black gay man. His identity gets discussed when he tells Jane that while she's a lesbian, she'll get it easier due to being White.
  • Love, Simon:
    • Ethan is Black and gay.
    • Nick is Black and Jewish.
    • Blue is gay and Jewish. A threefer minority as Bram is also Black.
    • Abby, who's a Black girl, is the only female of color in the main cast.
  • The House Bunny: Lily, the mostly silent Black girl with the Zetas (at first) is the only character of color in the film (she's also British).
  • Uncle Frank: Wally, Frank's partner, is a gay Muslim Saudi Arab.
  • Five Feet Apart: Poe is a gay Latino young man.
  • Blockers: Angelica, Sam's crush, is a lesbian of East Asian descent.
  • Cinderella (2021):
    • Queen Tatiana is black and Russian/Slavic.
    • There's also an Indian woman at the ball.
  • Cube 2: Hypercube: Sasha, the only person of color in the cast, is a woman who's blind and of East Asian descent.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Valkyrie from Thor: Ragnarok is black and bisexual.
    • Phastos from Eternals is black and gay (complete with a husband and kids).
  • Naomi And Ely's No Kiss List: Robin is a young Black woman who's the sole person of color in the film.
  • A New York Christmas Wedding: Jenni is a bisexual Black Latina woman.
  • Mythica: Caia-Beck's the only person of color in the cast; she's played by Black Latina actress Ash Santos.
  • Steam: Niala, who's proudly bisexual, is an Englishwoman with South Asian ancestry.
  • Bloodthirsty: Grey's girlfriend Charlie (who's a lesbian like her), is of East Asian descent. She's the only person of color in the film.
  • She's Gotta Have It: Side character Opal is a lesbian in an otherwise straight cast.
  • Girls Like Magic: Jamie is Indian/Iranian-American and a lesbian. She has two friends who are POC too: Don, a gay man of East Asian ancestry, and Nick who's Ambiguously Brown while having an Ambiguous Gender Identity. Except for Jamie's parents, who appear briefly, the rest of the cast with lines are all white.
  • Lycan: Isabella, a young Latina woman who's the main character in an otherwise mostly white cast.
  • How It Ends: Ricki is a young indigenous woman who's first met on her reservation. She dropped a few anvils about the treatment of Native Americans, but then disappeared entirely from the plot after being forced to indirectly kill the bandits who robbed them.
  • I Love You, Beth Cooper: Beth's friend Cammy, who's a black girl, is the only person of color with lines in the film.

    Jokes 
  • There is an old joke about a Jew and a Black man sitting next to each other on a plane. The Jew notices that the other guy is reading a newspaper in Yiddish and quips "Is being Black not enough for you?".
  • In Brazil, there is one where a Black Jew is asked if he suffers, and he answers in an Argentinian accent, "pibe, vos aún no sabes lo peooorr!" ("you don't know the worst part!).
  • Comedian Jasper Redd talked about how Atlanta, Georgia had the highest percentage of gay Black men in the south:
    "That's unfortunate. Those are two things you really don't want to be in Georgia. The only way to make that worse is if you were a midget."
  • A popular radio show presenter was dropped from commercial radio in the north of England. The reason was that he created an on-air persona intended to be the meanest, tightest, most close-fisted miserly person anywhere in the world. To reinforce the point, he brought together the two ethnicities universally most regarded as being, er, careful with money, and created the twofer character of Angus McGoldstein (Scottish and Jewish). Listeners were not amused, and cases were brought.

    Literature 
  • Dekka of Gone is a Black lesbian. And a Moof, which makes her threefer in the novel's universe. She Lampshades it.
    Dekka: "But I'm Black and I'm a lesbian, so let me tell you: From what I know? Personal experience? There are always lines."
    • Also, Edilio is Honduran and gay.
  • Susannah Dean of Stephen King's The Dark Tower is Black, female, legless and has multiple personality disorder; notably, every other member of her ka-tet is a white male, except for Oy, who is a billy-bumbler (but Oy is male as well).
  • Angua in the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. This is played with because only one of her minority statuses is evident. For example, she says "Is this because I'm a w—" and gets cut off before you know she's actually trying to say "werewolf," not "woman." In fact all the known female watch officers seem to be twofers: Angua is a werewolf, Cheri Littlebottom and Lars Skulldrinker are dwarfs (although Lars isn't openly female), Sally von Humpeding is a vampire, and Precious Jolson is Black. There is also an unnamed gorgon mentioned in Unseen Academicals.
  • In Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, the main character has deliberately hired a twofer:
    "Since most hackers are white males, their companies are disaster areas when it comes to diversity, and it follows that all of the diversity must be concentrated in the one or two employees who are not hackers. In the part of a federal equal-opportunity form where Randy would simply check a box labeled CAUCASIAN, Kia would have to attach multiple sheets on which her family tree would be ramified backward through time ten or twelve generations until reaching ancestors who could actually be pegged to one specific ethnic group without glossing anything over. And those ethnic groups would be intimidatingly hip ones—not Swedes, let's say, but Lapps, and not Chinese but Hakka, and not Spanish but Basque."
  • On the subject of Neil Stephenson, Snow Crash's protagonist (named, oddly enough, "Hiro Protagonist") is half Black, half Asian. This is referenced multiple times throughout the novel, particularly when a patron of the white supremacist "New South Africa" asks which slur Hiro would prefer to be identified by.
  • The Dresden Files gives us Black Russian man Sanya. Possible threefer, given he's an agnostic Knight of the Cross. When asked about his past, Sanya noted that he had to be careful when visiting small towns, because he was such an oddity that he caused accidents when motorists took their eyes off the road to stare at him. Of course, this made him quite angry and resentful when he was a young man, which made him an ideal target for the temptations of the Denarians.
  • Lampshaded by Reba in Red Dragon, the novel to which The Silence of the Lambs is the significantly better-known sequel. She herself is a blind woman who works for a photographic film processing company; she jokes that between her and another woman, the company managed to pack eight different minorities into two hires.
  • John Birmingham's Axis of Time trilogy featured a female Black lesbian naval Captain. Considering the series is about a naval task force from 2021 being sent back in time to 1942, it didn't end well for her.
    • The female British captain with Pakistani heritage fared better, though it was an uphill battle. Is having two twofers itself a twofer?
  • Holly Black's Modern Faerie Tales:
    • The two brothers from Valiant are Hispanic and African American.
    • Luis, who is Black and is also gay.
  • Frank Zhang from The Heroes of Olympus is Chinese/Canadian with Greek ancestry.
    • Sammy is a Mexican-American mortal. He lampshaded it and joked that the St. Agnes School for Colored Children and Indians should have given him a double scholarship.
  • In Going Bovine, there's Gonzo, a hypochondriac Mexican dwarf who is later revealed to be gay.
  • Nijinsky from BZRK by Michael Grant is Asian and gay.
  • The Mediochre Q Seth Series takes this Up to Eleven with Melz, who is old, disabled, female, blind, deaf and technically a witch when you think about it.
  • In The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, Magnus Bane is biracial (part Asian) and a self-proclaimed "freewheeling bisexual." And a warlock to boot.
  • In Island in the Sea of Time, Capt. Marion Alston is a Black lesbian.
  • In Dangerous by Shannon Hale, Maisie Danger Williams is half-Paraguayan on her mother's side, as well as having a deformed hand.
  • The protagonist of Ready Player One is BFF with another white young guy like him, at least by judging from his online avatar. "He" is a Black lesbian in real life. Also, a threefer if you count obesity too (she describes herself as a "Black fat chick").
  • The Mako Saga's Hamish Lunley is a Black Gentle Giant who was raised Scottish (he's adopted).
  • Luther in The Candidates (based on a true country) is a half-Black, half-Mexican war veteran with one leg and was is specifically selected as Skip's running mate to be this for the Republican side. The Democrats one-ups them by selecting Ling-Ling: a half-Thai, half-Lebanese lesbian with no legs.
  • The Amy Virus: One of Cyan's friends, Eroica Witt, is an autistic lesbian.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Poornima "Nim" Chaudhary is Indian American and homosexual.
  • Ada and Tula Diaz from Frozen II: A Forest of Shadows are both wives. Their surname also suggests that at least one of them has heritage outside of Arendelle (presumably either Latin-American or Spanish).
  • The wheelchair bound Cinderella can become this in the e-book version of Cinderella Spinderella if the reader chooses the Autumn (African-American), Spring (Asian), Summer (Hispanic) or Monsoon (Indian) options. Averted with the Winter option, which is Caucasian.
  • Mitch Tobin: Both the murder victim and his friend Leo Ross in the fourth book are Black and gay.
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Alex Fierro is Latinx and trans/genderfluid.
  • Just Juliet: Lacey is Black, though it's only mentioned briefly once near the end (mostly she's simply vaguely described as “dark-skinned”). She's the only person of color identified among the characters who is in more than just one scene.
  • The Power: Allie is an Ambiguously Brown mixed race woman. Only minor characters are women of color beside her.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Glee
    • Unique is Black and transgender.
    • Rachel's dads. One is Jewish, the other is Black.
    • Santana is a Latina lesbian.
    • Jake Puckerman is half Black and Jewish.
    • Blaine is gay and biracial (at least his actor Darren Criss is biracial. There've been a few comments on the show that imply Blaine is as well, but his race has never been explicitly stated).
  • Galavant:
    • Isabella, a woman who's Ambiguously Brown.
    • Sid is Black and Jewish, as his companions discover upon visiting his hometown. He's also probably gay.
  • Big Time Rush has Kelly who is Black and a woman (and also the Only Sane Man, if you count that)
  • Celebrity Big Brother Australia, had Anthony Mundine, an Aboriginal Muslim.
  • Australia "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here", has also featured Mundine.
  • Grey's Anatomy:
    • Thanks to racial blind-casting, Dr. Cristina Yang is Korean, Jewish-turned-atheist, and dyslexic. The explanation is that her Korean mother married a Jewish man after Cristina was born and thus the whole family converted. Cristina is also the academic equivalent of a Twofer - a Ph.D.-M.D.
    • Callie Torres is Latina and bisexual.
    • In season 9, there is Arizona Robbins: lesbian and an amputee.
    • Season 15 has Nico Kim (gay and Asian) and Levi Schmitt (gay and Jewish).
  • Star Trek:
    • Probably the most notable and obvious example is Uhura who was Black and female (and was almost the only recurring character with either of these characteristics).
    • Hikaru Sulu has both Japanese and Filipino racial origins, intended to represent all of Asia to the audience. Sulu was intended to be of solely Japanese origin. It was only when the producers found out Sulu wasn't a Japanese name that they changed his origin to Japanese/Filipino (his last name comes from the Sulu Sea in the Philippines). In Star Trek Beyond, it's retconned that he's also gay.
  • Hoshi on Star Trek: Enterprise (Asian and female).
  • Geordi LaForge on Star Trek: The Next Generation (Black and blind).
  • Dr. Bashir from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Middle Eastern, Ambiguous Disorder, augment). Also Dax (genderfluid, pansexual—although these things seem to be common among joined Trill, they're not common among the humans and Bajorans that make up most of the series cast) and Garak (pansexual, mentally ill, and an illegitimate child, the last of which is an extremely marginalized group among Cardassians to the point where it's considered merely an unfortunate unpleasantness rather than a crime to murder them).
  • B'Elanna Torres on Star Trek: Voyager (Latina, female, Klingon-Human hybrid).
  • Star Trek: Discovery:
    • Michael Burnham (Black and female, raised as a Vulcan).
    • Dr. Hugh Culber (Latino and gay).
    • Captain Philippa Georgiou (East Asian and female).
    • Emperor Philippa Georgiou (East Asian, female and bisexual).
  • Juan Epstein on Welcome Back, Kotter, a Puerto Rican Jew.
  • Spin City:
    • Carter (Black and gay). Lampshaded in an episode where Carter refers to himself as a minority and a character sarcastically remarks "What do you mean, a "minority"? You're Black and you're gay. You cover up two-thirds of the Earth's surface. You're like water." Ironically, when his parents came to visit, he freaked out. Why? Not because he's gay, they're okay with that. But dating a white guy?
    • There was Janelle, a Black woman, which came in handy when the Mayor was accused of being a racist. Not only did he bring up the various civil rights marches he took part in, but he also states "I'm even dating a Black woman."
  • Enlisted:
    • Sgt. Jill Perez, a Latina woman.
    • PFC Tanisha Robinson, a Black woman.
    • PFC Cindy Park, an Asian woman.
    • CSM Cody, a Black amputee.
  • The Practice:
    • Lisa Gay Hamilton (Black and female).
    • Eugene, a Black man, and for most of the show's run the women outnumbered the men five to three.
  • Law & Order:
    • Lt. Van Buren, Black and female. This is lampshaded in one episode, where she notes that people probably think she got the job as police lieutenant for diversity reasons. In reality, that was the point of casting the actress. Originally, the cast of Law & Order consisted of six males, only one of whom was a minority. Two men were dropped from the cast (including the Black male) and replaced with a white woman and a Black woman.
    • In the later seasons, Connie Rubirosa got the double whammy of being Latina and a woman, working directly under conservative Michael Cutter and old-guard liberal Jack McCoy.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:
    • Dr. George Huang is Asian-American and gay.
    • Kat's the second Asian main character in the show's history since George Huang's departure in Season 12. Like Huang, she is also LGBT+, in her case being bisexual. More specifically, Kat is the first Middle Eastern main character. Of course she's also the first woman who fits into those categories as well.
  • On Law & Order: UK, Freema Agyeman (who is a Black woman) portrays the assistant prosecutor.
  • Cambridge on Pie in the Sky (Black and female) — may not count, since the series has multiple female recurring characters, but worth mentioning because she's a Twofer Token Minority in-story, picked by her Pointy-Haired Boss as an efficient way of demonstrating his equal-opportunity-employer credentials.
  • Marissa on Early Edition takes this one step further: She's Black, female, and blind.
  • Toshiko Sato on Torchwood, who's Asian, female, and bisexual. The last one might not count since Everyone Is Bi.
  • Lampshaded in Doctor Who "The Sound of Drums" when the Master points out the diversity of the Doctor's "little band" of suddenly-fugitives: Martha Jones is Black and female, Jack Harkness is a pansexual white male.
    • And series 10 introduced audiences to the Doctor's latest companion: Black lesbian Bill Potts.
  • Djaq on the BBC Robin Hood: female, Muslim, and Arab (her actress is really an Indian Hindu).
  • Stevie from Malcolm in the Middle Lampshades this, noting that as a Black, asthmatic man with one lung in a wheelchair, he can get pretty much any job he wants with his "tokenism".
  • James Spurlock from 30 Rock is actually called "Toofer" because as one character says "with him you get a two-for-one; he's a Black guy and a Harvard guy." Though a later episode had the gang coming up with new nicknames for him, one of which was "Threefer, because you're also gay!" This is Lampshaded in a later episode. Floyd interviews for a high-level job; Jack thinks he's a shoo-in until they see that the other candidate for the job is a handicapped Black man. "You're not beating that."
  • "Original Cindy" from Dark Angel is a Black lesbian. Max is also Latina and transgenic.
  • Bobby D. (the D stands for Dershowitz) from In Plain Sight is Black and Jewish.
  • Invoked in an episode of The Drew Carey Show, where Drew's brother Steve lost his job at Winnfred-Lauder due to being a crossdresser. After Drew manages to get Steve his job back, Drew asks if Steve is gay. When Steve replies he isn't, Drew says "That's a shame. If you were a gay crossdresser, I could have had you made vice president!" (paraphrased)
  • Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer who describes herself in Season 8 (the comic) as a "gay Wiccan Jewess".
  • In Modern Family, Mitchell and Cameron want to get Lily into an exclusive preschool and figure that they're shoo-ins because she's an adopted Vietnamese girl with two gay dads. They get beaten by an interracial lesbian couple, one of whom is Indian and disabled, with an adopted African baby.
  • This is the entire main cast of Noah's Arc (African-American or Latino and gay), so the Token part doesn't really qualify.
  • Bones:
    • Angela Pearly-Gates Montenegro Hodgins is a "threefer": a half Chinese bisexual woman. She's also the daughter of Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and picked her middle name from his guitar.
    • Cam meanwhile is an African-American woman.
  • Castle starts with the recurring character of Dr. Lanie Parish (African-American female), the local medical examiner and Kate's best friend. The latest season also adds Captain Victoria Gates of the same minority groups.
  • Yes, Minister: "The perfect representative on a government committee is a disabled Black Welsh woman trades-unionist."
  • Teal'c on Stargate SG-1 is a weird version of this. He's the token Black guy and the Token Nonhuman. And possibly a threefer, since he also gets the first play My Species Doth Protest Too Much card as well (others appear later, but he's the first).
  • On The Sopranos, Meadow briefly dates Noah, a half-Black, half-Jewish student at NYU. Tony, being the rather, uh, old fashioned father that he is, is not amused.
  • Australian comedy Outland had Rae, an aboriginal wheelchair-using homosexualist.
  • Leah, a Black Canadian woman, joins Team One in Flashpoint after Lewis' death.
  • Smash's Sam Strickland subverts this. He's both gay and Black, but he's a big sports fan and a regular churchgoer, two traits not often found among actors/dancers. The actor who plays him downplays his sexuality in interviews, saying it shouldn't matter.
  • Teen Wolf:
  • Norton on War of the Worlds (1988) is a Black guy in a wheelchair, though the show also features the Native American Paul Ironhorse. Until the start of the second season, when they both get killed.
  • Agent One on Wizards of Waverly Place is a Black man in a wheelchair.
  • An episode of Andy Richter Controls the Universe has the main cast competing to find someone to fill a job opening, with the reward of a finders fee. Knowing they're looking for diversity, they try to one-up each other, culminating in Keith Richards having found a one-armed, gay, Native American little person (... who sadly wasn't a technical writer, but still).
  • Similarly in an older example from The John Larroquette Show, a manager position opens at the bus company which John mentions applying for. As the main cast boasts their ethnic background advantages over John being a white male, the next interviewee enters, a Black, blind woman in a wheelchair. Everyone else immediately gives up and leaves.
  • On The Last Ship, Lt. Granderson is a Black lesbian.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
    • Captain Raymond Holt is African-American and gay. He's actually this in-universe: after facing large amounts of racism and homophobia in his early days as a cop, it took years to get his own command, and Holt knows the brass only did it to make a big deal out of having an openly gay commanding officer.
    • Amy Santiago and Rosa Diaz are both Latina. Rosa is also bisexual, making her a threefer.
  • Steve Jinks from Warehouse 13 is gay and Buddhist.
  • In Porridge, prisoner McLaren, a man with anger management issues, is both Scottish and Black. He is universally known among inmates as Black Jock.
  • How I Met Your Mother provides James Stinson, Barney's gay Black brother. When being introduced, Ted makes note of how he's gay and intentionally leaves out how the white Barney has a Black brother.
    James: I'm gay, I'm Black and I'm getting a divorce. Those walking skeletons are gonna have more questions for me than their pharmacists.
  • Industry
    • Gus is both gay and Black, this is lampshaded by the President of Pierpoint London who suggests hiring a highly-intelligent minority would make the firm look good.
    • Harper is a Black woman.
  • Love, Victor: The titular character is Latino and either gay or bisexual.
  • Orange Is the New Black:
    • Towards the end of season three, Black Cindy decides to convert to Judaism. One of the Jewish inmates who is mentoring her wonders why she wants to go from one hated minority (Black) to two, but confirms that she apparently really does want to convert, and supervises Cyndi's ritual bath in the river.
    • There are also Black lesbians Poussey and Suzanne, half-Asian bisexual Brooke, and Black trans woman Sophia.
  • Winston in In Sickness and In Health is gay and Black.
  • Super Store:
    • Garrett, who is Black and disabled. This is Lampshaded in the second episode when the company magazine wants him on the cover because of it.
    • Also Amy, who is Latina and a woman, and Mateo, who is Filipino and gay.
  • Sirens (US): Hank, who is a gay Black man, Voodoo, who is an asexual woman, and Stats, who is a woman with OCD and Asperger's.
  • The Librarians (2007): Much to Frances' dismay, she's surrounded by them: Nada is a devoutly Muslim woman, Dawn is a paraplegic woman and Ky Lee, who is a gaysian.
  • Everybody, meet the new kid in town! Sesame Street has introduced Julia, a character with autism. A female character with autism, to be exact (boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with this disorder than girls are).
  • Rufus, Bobby's old hunting buddy on Supernatural, is Black and Jewish. The latter was never actually mentioned on the show, but his tombstone has a Star of David carved into it.
  • Supergirl:
    • Maggie is lesbian, and also revealed to be Mexican-American.
    • Nia is a half-alien trans woman.
    • Kelly is Black, and later reveals she's lesbian.
  • Nia's roommate Yvette is a Black trans woman.
  • Continuing the recent trend, The Good Doctor interestingly spins this around by having Dr. Shaun Murphy as the only Caucasian man (and an autistic person) in a cast consisting of a Hispanic man, an Ambiguously Brown woman (played by a mixed-race actress of English/Jamaican ancestry), and a British-Indian man.
  • Schitt's Creek has Ronnie Lee, an African-American lesbian town counselor.
  • Scrubs has Father Weinstein, who's Jewish and Catholic. And pro-choice. Turk might also count, being Black and (at least for the early episodes) a Jehovah's Witness. Also discussed, in an episode wherein Turk and Elliot argue over whether it's tougher being Black or female in medicine, then greeting a woman who's both.
  • In Nightflyers, Mel Jhirl is a Black woman who's also in a relationship with another woman.
  • In Legends of Tomorrow, Zari is Middle Eastern, female, and Muslim. Amaya and Charlie are Black women (with Amaya being African and Charlie a shapeshifter with a British accent). Sara is female and bisexual (also possibly undead). Kendra/Chay-Ara is an Ancient Egyptian woman.
  • The Outer Limits (1995):
    • In "Lithia" the only person of color in the episode (and her entire community) is Pelé, a Black or mixed-race woman who's also a lesbian.
    • In "Abduction" the only person of color in the group is a Black girl, Brianna.
  • Switched at Birth: Natalie is a "threefer" — she's deaf, queer, and also a woman of color (though the last was unexplored in the show; her actress is Puerto Rican).
  • Timeless: Denise is a threefer — a woman, of Indian descent, and also a lesbian.
  • Almost Family: Edie and Amanda, the only women of color in the main cast, who are also lesbians.
  • Manifest: Saanvi was involved with another woman. Both are also women of color (Saanvi's Indian-American, while her ex-girlfriend's African-American). Saanvi is thus far the only woman of color or LGBT character in the main cast.
  • Nos4a 2: In the series, Maggie, who is a lesbian, becomes Black as well.
  • Party of Five (2020):
    • Lucia's boss Teresa is a Black Latina lesbian, making her a threefer.
    • Matthew is a transgender Latino man.
  • Bull: Chunk is Black and gay.
  • Dates: Erica is both British Chinese and lesbian. Kate could be said to be foreign and lesbian, given her actress is Irish and her ethnic background wasn't established as well.
  • Hightown: Jackie is a woman of Dominican heritage and lesbian.
  • Lovecraft Country:
    • Yahima was Native American (Arawak specifically), and Two-Spirit.
    • Montrose, who's Black, was revealed to also be gay.
    • Christina may be a lesbian or bi woman, though a straight trans man is also a possibility.
  • The Boys (2019):
    • Kimiko is a quadruple minority even; she's the only woman of The Boys, the only East Asian, the only Supe, and is mute, making her the only one with an explicit disability.
    • Elena, Maeve's ex-girlfriend, is a Latina lesbian, which even got cited as a symbol of diversity when the latter was Forced Out of the Closet.
    • In "The Big Ride" it's discussed as Ashley Barrett is seen introducing Homelander to a new possible member of the Seven, Blindspot, who is blind and of East Asian descent (albeit he has a disability superpower). She says that ideally their next member should be both "ethnic" and female too as Millennials like that, though he dismisses the idea.
    • "We Gotta Go Now" has it used In-Universe with the movie Dawn of the Seven. Ruby Cruz, Maeve's love interest, is not only lesbian but (to judge by her last name) also a Latina (no doubt purposefully matching with Elena, who's Maeve's real former lover, whom they want back together and made butch like Ruby).
    • Victoria Neuman is a woman of color in this adaptation, changed from the white Victor Neuman. Her ethnicity is left unclear though. (Claudia Doumit is of Italian and Lebanese ancestry).
  • We Are Who We Are: Maggie Teixeira is a Latina lesbian, to judge by her last name (it's Portuguese) and the actress's ancestry (Alice Braga's Brazilian).
  • Vagrant Queen: Elida is a dark-skinned woman (played by African-American Adriyan Rae) from the Arriopan species who's revealed to be into other women when she's attracted by Amae.
  • The Office (US) has Oscar, a gay Mexican-American accountant at Dunder-Mifflin.
  • Dr. Jeffery Cole, one of the candidates to be on the title character's new team on the fourth season of House, is Black and a Mormon.
  • Big Sky:
    • Cassie is the only person of color in the main cast, who's also a woman (she's Black).
    • Jerrie is a young trans woman, in the otherwise all cisgender cast.
    • Of the girls in Season 2, Max is East Asian, and Harper Black. Both are also attracted to each other.
    • Ren Bhullar is a female drug trafficker with South Asian ancestry who's an antagonist in Season 2.
  • The Family (2016): Black female detective Nina Meyer is the only person of color in the series.
  • Another Life (2019): The female cast is quite diverse. Michelle is Latina. Cas is Black. Azami is East Asian. The cast also includes Zayn, who's a nonbinary person of color (the actor's of Filipino-Australian background). August is also played by a Native American, though that isn't confirmed to be the character's ethnicity.
  • Higher Ground: Kat is a Black girl, the only female of color in the regular cast.
  • Persons Unknown: Sergeant Graham is Black and Muslim. Erika is Black, female, and lesbian (threefer!).
  • Sense8: Amanita is a bisexual mixed race (Black father, white mother) woman.
  • The Society:
    • Gordie's Jewish and implied to be Latino as well (his actor is Latino, and his surname— Moreno— is a Spanish and Sephardic Jewish surname common in Latin America, indicating that he is probably Sephardic Jewish).
    • Sam is a deaf teen, and he is also the only openly gay guy in the society.
    • Helena is a Christian girl who's mixed race in a largely secular, White town.
    • Bean is a Muslim girl of West Asian descent.
  • Shadowhunters:
    • Magnus is East Asian, proudly bisexual, and also a warlock.
    • Maia is a biracial woman.
    • Samantha, Olivia's girlfriend, is a woman of color (her ethnicity's not clear).
  • The 4400:
    • Isabelle, who's biracial with Black and White parents.
    • Alana, who's Ambiguously Brown (played by a woman of Native American and European descent), possibly meant to have Tahitian ancestry as she was born in Tahiti.
  • Hanna:
    • Sophie is a biracial girl in this adaptation, with a White mother and father of South Asian ancestry.
    • Most Utrax girls are White (to be expected, since they all came from Romania). Clara is Black though, along with a few more minor characters being girls of color. Jules is also the only queer girl shown in their ranks.
  • On RuPaul's Drag Race, most of the contestants are queer men who perform drag. Thus, the queens that are also racial/ethnic minorities would only tick one extra box, but there are some exceptions:
    • Interestingly, the majority of the transgender/non-binary contestants have also been queens of color: Carmen Carrera (Hispanic), Stacy Layne Matthews (Black/Native American), Jiggly Caliente (Asian), Monica Beverly Hillz (Hispanic), Gia Gunn (Asian), Peppermint (Black), Aja (Black/Middle Eastern and Pagan), etc.
    • Season 5 winner Jinkx Monsoon is white but "Seattle's premier narcoleptic Jewish drag queen," in addition to later coming out as non-binary.
    • Season 11's Mercedes Iman Diamond is Black, Muslim, and an immigrant from Kenya. Other POC immigrant queens include Bebe Zahara Benet (Cameroooooooon), Vivacious (Jamaica), and Kim Chi (South Korea).
    • Drag Race UK tries to feature at least one queen each season from outside England. Thus, Season 2's Tayce counts for being both Black and Welsh.
  • Bones has Arastoo (Iranian Muslim). Angela too as a biracial (half Chinese, half White) bisexual woman.
  • Kiss Me First: The two people of color in the main cast, Tess/Mania and Tippy, are both girls. Tess is Black, Tippy gets revealed to be East Asian (apparently of Japanese ancestry, with her legal name being Tomiko Toshima).
  • For Life: Safiya Masry is an Arab-American (specifically of Egyptian descent) woman who's also a lesbian, as we learn early on.
  • Resident Alien: Sahar's a Muslim girl of color and wears the hijab (the only one so far, which isn't surprising in a small town).
  • True Blood: Tara is described as being one by somebody she went to high school with, following her change to a vampire. Even prior to this, she not only was the resident Black woman but had come out as bisexual, before being the only Black female vampire.
  • The Flash (2014): Nora turns out to be the child of Barry (who's White) and Iris (Black) making her biracial, while she's also a lesbian. She's the only biracial person in the cast and of course a woman, plus the only lesbian.
  • Feel Good:
    • Laura, a lesbian who has mixed-race heritage (White mother, apparently South Asian father) is the only woman of color in the main cast.
    • David, a gay man who's a person of color (maybe with South Asian heritage) appears as the host at Narcotics Anonymous meetings Mae goes to.
    • George runs into a feminine Black lesbian at a wedding.
    • Elliot, George's boyfriend in Season 2, is a Black bisexual, polyamorous man.
  • The Nevers:
    • Harriet is the only South Asian woman shown in the main cast (although there is another Asian female Touched - Su - who has been getting more appearances).
    • Bonfire Annie is the only Black woman in the main cast.
  • S.W.A.T. (2017):
    • Chris is the only woman on the team and a bisexual Latina as well. She's had to deal with discrimination being a woman in SWAT since not a lot of female LAPD officers are serving in the unit. Chris is well-aware that some people think her presence is pandering and that some higher-ups think that they don't need to promote any other women to field work because of her.
    • Cortez lampshades the fact she's an immigrant Latina—so a Threefer Token Minority—as having been a problem getting promoted within the LAPD and puts on her on very shaky ground if her secret relationship with Hondo is ever discovered.
  • Being Human (UK): Annie, a Black woman, is the only person of color in the main cast.
  • Nancy Drew (2019): George and Bess are both women of color on the show, in contrast to the books. In the former case, she's of East Asian heritage, while Bess is Ambiguously Brown (played by a British-Iranian woman).
  • iCarly (2021) introduces Carly's roommate and new best friend Harper, a pansexual black woman. Then there's her boss, internet pop starlet Double Dutch, who's Asian and sexually attracted to women since she and Harper kiss in the first season finale.
  • Sex/Life: Most of the cast is White, with three exceptions (besides minor characters), all women:
    • Billie, the main character, is Ambiguously Brown (played by Sarah Shahi, who's of Iranian and Spanish descent).
    • Sasha, her friend, is Black.
    • Cooper's boss Francesca is of East Asian descent.
  • In the Dark:
    • Murphy is a blind woman and the protagonist.
    • Jess, her friend and housemate, is a lesbian who's Ambiguously Brown.
  • The Republic of Sarah:
    • AJ (Amy) Johnson is a Black woman, along with being a closeted lesbian.
    • Maya is Latina. Her father Luis is both Latino and gay.
    • Alexis is Ambiguously Brown (played by a Latina), and a closeted lesbian or bi woman.
  • Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye: The title character's a deaf woman in an otherwise entirely hearing main cast. Deaf guest stars do occur though.
  • Trinkets:
    • Elodie is mentally ill and gay.
    • Moe is an Ambiguously Brown (likely Latina) girl.
    • Tabitha is a mixed-race girl, with a White father and Black mother.
  • Misfits:
    • Alisha is Black, the only woman of color in the original group.
    • Jess is Black too, with the same position for the second group.
  • The White Lotus:
    • There are two women of color in the main cast: Paula and Lani. Their actresses are African-American/Irish-American and of Japanese/Jewish descent respectively.
    • Armond is a gay Australian in the otherwise straight, American cast.
  • Creepshow: In "Lydia Lane's Better Half" Lydia's lover Celia is a lesbian of East Asian descent.
  • Dash & Lily: Langston's boyfriend Benny is Latino of Puerto Rican descent.
  • Burden of Truth:
    • Joanna, Diane and Kodie all became friends in school due to bonding over being the only girls of color there. More specifically, Joanna is half Chinese/half Caucasian. Diane is a Guyanese-Canadian. Kodie is Indigenous Canadian.
    • Luna is half Indigenous/half Caucasian and a lesbian.
  • Gossip Girl (2021):
    • Luna appears to be a Latina.
    • Aki is a boy with East Asian ancestry, who's also bisexual.
  • Better Things:
    • Sam meets an Indian-American gay man, Maneesh, and befriends him on a plane trip. Later she goes to his wedding.
    • In Season 3 Sam's pursued by Mer, an English lesbian who's also Black.
  • Pandora: Pilar is the only woman of color in the cast, as a supporting character. She's Ambiguously Brown, with a name that's also ambiguous (played by a British Indian actress).
  • One Tree Hill: The cast is almost entirely White, with a couple exceptions:
    • Anna Taggaro is a threefer — she's female, Latina, and bisexual and was in fact the very first bi character of color in the history of television.
    • Gigi Silveri is female and of East Asian descent.
  • Shadow and Bone:
    • Due to her heritage changing from the books, Alina's become this here, turning into a biracial woman whose status brings a lot of racism her way as her parents come from warring peoples. This gets explored heavily though, unlike some examples, but no one else has her ancestry (which only serves to make her more alone in this).
    • Nadia is one of the few black Grisha seen and her narrative purpose is "be Alina's friend". Judging by a comment she makes about Zoya, she is also into women.
  • Legend of the Seeker: We see a single black Mord'Sith (the all-female Torture Technician order serving Rahl), and one played by mixed-race actress Katrina Law, the rest being white (in the books, they all were).
  • Law & Order: Organized Crime:
    • Ayanna Bell is a threefer; as she points out, she's black, gay, and a woman. She notes to Stabler that due to his Cowboy Cop tendencies making him a pariah and her own multiple minority statuses in the straight white male hierarchies of the NYPD, the two of them are alike in how they've had to, at different points, avoid stepping out of line.
    • In Season 2 we get a second Black lesbian, Nova, who's a gayngster. Or at least so it seems until we learn she's an undercover cop.
  • La Brea:
    • Scott is an atheist of South Asian ancestry.
    • Izzy Harris is a female amputee with a prosthetic leg.
    • Sophia is Ambiguously Brown (played by an Australian of Indian ancestry), and she's cut off from her female partner Diana.
  • Being Human (US):
    • For most of the show run, Sally's the only person of color (Indian-American, it turns out) and a woman too. She's also Ambiguously Bi.
    • Emily is a Jewish lesbian.
    • Zoe's last name, Gonzales, indicates she's a Latina, and is at least bisexual, given she had dated Nick and then Lori. However, she's still figuring our her sexual orientation.
  • Gotham: Tabitha is a Black bisexual woman here in an otherwise largely straight White cast.
  • 4400:
    • All three of the named lesbians on the series are women of color - Jessica is Indian, Keisha is Black, and Soraya is Bengali/Pakistani (she's a Muslim as well).
    • Doc is a Black trans man, although it takes him a while to realize that there is a word for what he is. His partner in the 1920s was also a Black trans woman.
    • Isaiah has a son (Black, like him) who's gay.
    • Mildred is a girl with a deformed hand, the only character who has a disability.
    • Hayden is a Black boy implied to have autism.
  • Parodied in the sketch "Simu & Bowen" from Saturday Night Live, where the final punchline is that Bowen Yang's Overly Narrow Superlative representation milestones are worth more than Simu Liu's because Yang is also gay. So while Simu Liu gets an award for being the first Asian to be deadpan on Splash Mountain, Bowen Yang gets the same award for being the first gay Asian to do it.
  • Yellowjackets:
    • Taissa, the main Black girl on the team, it turns out is a lesbian. She's married to a woman in 2021, and they have a son as well. Her wife is a Black lesbian too.
    • Coach Scott's a gay man in a group of (mostly) teenage girls. He can even be considered as a "threefer" considering that he's the only surviving adult in a group of teens.
    • Travis and Javi are Latino boys in a group of mostly white teen girls.
  • Dexter: New Blood: The main cast has three examples.
    • Angela is Native American (Seneca).
    • Audrey also turns out to be part Seneca on her dad's side.
    • Molly Park is of East Asian ancestry.
  • Naomi (2022): Naomi says she grew up being the only black girl in her school and town several times before moving to Port Oswego, which made her feel like a permanent outsider.
  • Dark Desire: Eugenia Montaño, a detective who leads the investigation into Julieta's death in Season 2, is the only Black Mexican character and female too.
  • Gossip Girl (2021):
    • Luna is a Latina trans girl.
    • Aki is a boy with East Asian ancestry, who's also bisexual.
    • Monet is a Black girl who's a lesbian.
    • Max is a pansexual Jewish boy.
  • Black Sails: For most of the series Max, a biracial queer woman, is the main person of color in the cast.
  • Ginny and Georgia:
    • Bracia is the only black girl in Wellesbury (aside from Ginny) that we see in multiple scenes. They even have a discussion about Ginny getting treated as a "token" by other people at times.
    • Max's Love Interest Sophie is a Latina who's been in relationships with both boys and girls.
  • Jupiter's Legacy: Gabriella and Jacinda are queer women in a relationship, plus Latinas to judge by their names.
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock: Marion, a girl with white and Aboriginal parentage, is the school's only person of color. This was very progressive at the time, and her rich father's influence is the reason she's able to access it. She's also secretly involved with a female teacher.
  • The Sex Lives of College Girls:
    • Bela appears to be the only student of South Asian ancestry. She's the only one in the cast aside from her parents, who are seen a couple times.
    • Alicia is the only character of East Asian descent in the cast, who's also into women.
  • First Day: Hannah's school is majority white, with her friends Olivia and Natalie both being of Asian descent (East in Olivia's case, South for Natalie). Along with that, a supporting character is a boy of East Asian descent who's also gay. Hannah's friend turned enemy Jasmine is Ambiguously Brown.
  • The Murders:
    • Kate, the main character, is a biracial young woman with a black father and white mother, who feels she's being used as a token during her mom's campaign for mayor at one point when pledging she'll make the police force more diverse, to her annoyance. She later apologizes however, realizing that her mom does mean well.
    • Meg's wife Emily is a deaf lesbian, as we learn during her sole appearance in "Toxic".
    • In "Black & Blue", a rapper and his friend, both of them young black men, are revealed to also be a couple (the latter bisexual as he's with his girlfriend too).
  • The Wilds:
    • Toni is a Native American (Ojibwe specifically) lesbian.
    • Fatin's the sole main character of South Asian ancestry, who also comes from a Muslim family (Fatin herself doesn't appear to be religious at all though).
    • Nora is a Black girl who's implied to also be mildly autistic.
    • Jeanette is a woman who has East Asian ancestry, the single one in the cast (also an Australian, with the rest largely Americans).
    • Rafael is Mexican, the only Latino of the main characters. Culturally he's also pretty American, frequently crossing over for school and speaking English fluently without an accent.
    • Ivan is a Black gay boy.
  • Conversations With Friends: Bobbi, who's a young black woman, is the only person of color in the main cast. She herself notes after living in her native New York City that Ireland is very much whiter. She's also a lesbian.

    Music 
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic invoked this with a threefer in the song "Jerry Springer".
    "It's been three days since the bitter feud between the KKK and that gay Jewish Black dude."

    Podcasts 
  • Welcome to Night Vale:
    • Carlos the Scientist is a gay Latino man. Possibly some others count also, but character descriptions are kept deliberately vague, so it's hard to be sure. His boyfriend, Cecil, was confirmed by Word of God to be Jewish (though in the show he says he isn't religious).
    • "Lost in the Mail" features Basimah, a lesbian Muslim.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Dramatic Dream Team had Hoshitango Imachi, a Jewish Argentine sumo wrestler.
  • TNA has Orlando Jordan: Black and openly bisexual.
  • Darren Young, Black and gay.
  • Layla, an English, biracial (African and Spanish) woman.
  • Cameron: A mixed Black and Asian woman.
  • Mia Yim is a woman of Black and Korean ancestry.
  • Sonya Deville, a Latina lesbian.
  • CM Punk, Straight Edge, an atheist and a pescatarian.
  • Brie Bella of Bella Twins: female, mixed-race (Hispanic and Italian), and a vegan. Her sister Nikki could probably count as well since she's all of the above except the vegan part.
  • Maryse, female and French-Canadian.
  • Gail Kim, female and Korean-Canadian.
  • Mickie James, female, Southern and half-Native American.
  • Becky Lynch, female and Irish.
  • Paige, female, English, and bisexual.
  • Though initially portrayed as an Irishman (hence the surname) and his ethnicity wasn't really brought up on air, Hulk Hogan is of mixed ancestry that includes French, Italian, Panamanian, and Scottish.
  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, half-Black, half-Polynesian.
  • Rosa Mendes: female, Latin-Canadian and bisexual.
  • Ayako Hamada: half-Japanese, half-Mexican, and a woman.
  • Sasha Banks: half-Black, half-Latina, and a woman.
  • André the Giant, French and suffered from acromegaly/gigantism. In fact, many "giant" wrestlers are also non-white and/or non-American, such as The Great Khali (Indian), Giant González (Argentinan), and Giant Baba (Japanese) just to name a few.
  • Sami Zayn is Syrian-Canadian. And a ginger to boot.
  • Karlee Pérez has a long line of multiple ethnicities: Spanish, Cuban, Hawaiian, Italian, English, Irish and Chinese in addition to being a woman. Though she tends to portray solely Latina characters in the ring.
  • Roman Reigns is half-Polynesian, half-Italian. Though the "Italian" part is rarely, if ever, referenced on TV in favor of his Samoan roots due to belonging to the famous Anoa'i family that includes the aforementioned Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
  • Dave Bautista is half-Filipino, half-Greek. Often mistaken for Latino.
  • All Elite Wrestling's Nyla Rose is a Native-American transwoman, and the first transgender wrestler ever signed to a major promotion, as well as the first to win a title from one.

    Tabletop Games 

    Theatre 

    Video Games 
  • Sean Matsuda from Street Fighter III is Afro-Brazilian and Japanese. His big sister, Laura Matsuda, is introduced in Street Fighter V. So she's Afro-Brazilian, Japanese and a woman.
  • Alyx Vance in Half-Life 2 is a woman of Black and Asian descent... which would make her a threefer. Her dad, Eli, is Black and has a prosthetic leg.
  • The Demoman of Team Fortress 2 calls himself "a Black Scottish cyclops", and laments that there're more f-<extended bleep> that the likes of him.
  • Rochelle in Left 4 Dead 2 is a Black woman. There is also Coach, a Black man. This is a step up from the first game which had two white males, a Black man and a white woman (also known as the bare minimum of multi-culti).
  • Chell in Portal is an Ambiguously Brown human, whose face and body model was Brazilian/Japanese, while most of the other characters are robots with European or North American names and voices.
  • The main cast of Grand Theft Auto IV includes a local drug lady Elizabeta Torres (Black/Hispanic female who is also implied to be lesbian or bisexual). And the Ballad of Gay Tony introduces eponymous Anthony Prince, who is Jewish and homosexual.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution has Arie van Bruggen, a Black bisexual Middle-eastern/Dutch hacker who speaks with a Caribbean accent. And still managed to insult him on top of all that, as he's neither an ally nor an enemy - he'll work for whoever will pay him or, failing that, keep him from getting shot. Including the player - giving him a gun to help escape from an ambush results in Mercy Rewarded - he Lampshades the paycheck you get from Sarif, and puts several thousand credits in your bank account.
  • In almost every game he appears in, Moby Jones of SSX is both the only Black and the only British character. The exception was SSX Tricky, where he was joined by Seeiah, an African-American woman.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Ashley Williams is a woman, Hispanic, and the only openly religious person in a traditionally-atheist genre. Subverted, however, in that Mass Effect tends to make everyone the unique representative of some group on the team.
    • Samantha Traynor is a lesbian and of Indian-English heritage. She does, however, speak perfectly clear RP-English and went to Oxford.
    • Steve Cortez is a Latin-American and widower to his dead husband.
  • Holly Tanaka from Halo 5: Guardians is a woman, half-African and half-Japanese.
  • The Rainbow Six series has been prone to Black Brits, with the original trilogy including Kevin Sweeney and the Vegas duology having Michael Walters.
  • Marina from the Off the Hook show in Splatoon 2 is an interesting case in that the two minorities in question are split between in-universe and out of it. Out of universe, she's Black, which is still treated as a minority in the real world; in-universe, on the other hand, she's an Octoling in a sea of Inklings, which made her stand out immediately.
  • The Last of Us
    • Ellie is female, gay, and an atheist. Bill is also gay, and the only characters who are openly religious are Henry and David. But Ellie and Sam are the only characters to outright state disbelief in religion (though Ellie might actually be agnostic since she says "I go back and forth", but ultimately settles on "no").
    • Sam probably counts too, since he's Black in addition to being an atheist.
    • Ellie's best friend/love interest Riley is Black, female and gay.
  • Pastor Jeremy Jeffries in Far Cry 5 is a Black Catholic priest deep in rural Protestant Montana.
  • Dragon Age games:
    • Elves are an oppressed minority and mages are hated and feared due to their powers and vulnerability to demonic possession. As a result, many players find it satisfying to create a character who's an elven mage. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, there are a few unique conversations if your character is this combination.
    • Even more scandalizing is a Mage Qunari mercenary, as typical mages of the Qun have their faces sewn shut and are treated as disposable hardware. Mercenaries are heretics to the Qun religion, while Qunari are shunned in human lands due to their previous conquests (in addition to how the humans view mages), so your existence would basically be anathema to the face of the world if you weren't busy saving it.
    • In Inquisition, party member Sera is an elf and a lesbian.
  • Red Dead Redemption II has Charles Smith, a half-Black, half-Native American member of the Van der Linde Gang. Truth in Television: Native Americans and African Americans have a close and complex historical relationship. A fair few Native American tribes, like the Seminole, welcomed escaped and freed slaves and engaged in cultural exchange and intermarriage. Charles' ancestry would not be exceptional in 1899.
  • Life Is Strange 2 has protagonist Sean Diaz who is of Mexican-Irish descent and is bisexual. The end of Episode 3 adds amputee since he lost his left eye due to an accident.
  • The Pico series has Nene, who is Asian and the only female of the Token Trio consisting of her, Pico, and Darnell.
  • Saints Row
    • The customizable player character can be this if the player chooses. And so can the other Saints since many of them are women and/or minorities. Thanks to the "Romance" option in Saints Row IV, the Boss can choose to sleep with any Saint regardless of their (or the Boss') gender.
    • By default, there's:
      • Lin from Saints Row is Asian and the only female Saint in that game (the protagonist can only be male in Saints Row). Then there's Aisha, a Black woman, though she's not officially a Saint.
      • Asha Odekar in Saints Row IV is a British-Indian woman. Her handler/love interest, Matt Miller, is also British and strongly implied to be bisexual.
  • If the player chooses to sever Lee's lower arm in episode 5 of The Walking Dead: Season One, then he's both black and an amputee.

    Web Comics 
  • Princess Princess: Amira is Black and a lesbian, as slowly revealed due to her attraction toward Sadie (whom she marries at the end).
  • Spinnerette: Mecha Maid is a threefer actually: East Asian (specifically Korean), disabled (as she has ALS), and a lesbian.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Akbar is of Pakistani descent (though he was born in New Jersey), and his wife Sorbet is from the African nation of Mali, so their two children are of course mixed race.

    Web Videos 
  • Travon Free from The Gentlemen's Rant is the only Black cast member, and came out as bisexual in 2011. Ironically, the WASP Will is labeled as "the gay one".
  • Out With Dad: New Vanessa, or Nessa, is a Latina lesbian and the only person of color in the cast.
  • Sky Williams is gay and Black, and he discusses this trope in "15 Questions I have for YouTube". One of the questions he has is why the strike on his channel was reversed while other popular YouTubers' channels still had suspiciously similar strikes. Sky openly admits that this trope could have played a role, given YouTube's wording of "Your voice is core to who we are." But he refuses to believe that is the reason.
  • In his Zero Punctuation reviews, Yahtzee will occasionally make cynical reference to this trope whenever he encounters a character that he deems to be blatantly trying to meet a diversity quota within a single character, such as Sitara Dhawan and the aforementioned Kamala Khan.

    Western Animation 
  • The Dragon Prince: Amaya is deaf, of Asian descent, and confirmed to be gay by the creators.
  • Futurama: Bender is a robot, making him somewhat marginalized in future society. He is also treated as though he is of Latino heritage (he was made in Mexico and somehow his last name is Rodriguez) and of the Jewish faith (specifically Robot Judaism, unless he just made that up to get off work).
  • Gargoyles:
    • Elisa Maza is originally the only major female hero, with a Black mother and Native American father.
  • When Dale on King of the Hill is being opposed for Gun Club President, he states that his opponent has "already got the Black vote — Earl — and the gay vote — Earl."
  • Surprisingly enough, Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty is pansexual, autistic, and has been confirmed to be of Hispanic descent by Word of God.
  • Rugrats (2021): Betty DeVille is of Latina descent and a lesbian.
  • South Park:
    • Kyle Broflovski. Jewish, ginger, and from New Jersey.
    • Token Black, as his name suggests, is the only Black student at South Park Elementary (until Nichole Daniels came along) and his family is rich.
  • Augura of Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5 is a Black female in a team of guys.
    • Not the first time a Nerd Corps show used this trope as, before Augura, there was Piper of the Storm Hawks — who is also Ambiguously Gay. (In both cases, one can argue for another character sharing one of their minority traits: the Storm Hawks also have the dark-skinned rhino-like Junko, while the Battle Force 5 get their intel from a female sentient, and another of the 5 guys is from Thailand.)
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Shiro is Asian, has PTSD, is an amputee, was revealed to be attracted to men, and has been suffering from a chronic terminal illness for most of his life. His deceased boyfriend Adam could also count, being gay and Ambigously Brown, as well as his newlywed husband Curtis in the Grand Finale.
  • Totally Spies!: Alex is revealed by the show's creator to be of Asian and Latin-American descent. This also doubles as Truth in Television since Latin America is extremely diverse and has a well-established Asian immigrant population.

Alternative Title(s): Twofer, Multi Token Minority, Manyfer Token Minority

Top