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"He's a diversity double-whammy!"

"I'm black, gay, and a woman."
Cynthia-Rose Adams, Pitch Perfect 2


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.


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'.

Especially when the cast is mixed in its gender, ethnic, religious, etc. makeup, 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.

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 the Ethiopian Jews (Beta Israel). Not to mention the fact that race has no correlation of whether someone is gay, transgender, or otherwise a member of non-cultural minorities.


Before adding examples, remember that the character must actually be a minority within the context of the setting. A lesbian in a show about lesbians set in Northampton, Massachusetts would not be this trope, but if she's a black Buddhist, then she would be.note  And Fantasy Counterpart Cultures only count if they're acknowledged as minorities in-universe.

technically a similar concept to Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot exept without having anything to do with the Rule of Cool

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


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  • 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 Ambiguously Bisexual.
    • 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.
  • Claremont's Gen13 run had a threefer - a wheelchair-bound black Muslim. Fourfer if you count his having superpowers.
    • And the original Gen 13 had the Apache lesbian Sarah Rainmaker.
  • Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver from The Avengers are the children of an Ashkenazi Jewish father (Magneto) and a Roma mother.
  • Wiccan from the Young Avengers 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.
  • Laura Dean, in Alpha Flight, is black, pre-pubescent, female, and autistic. Also, a mutant. (Not sure that one should count though since it doesn't make her a minority either on the team or in the real world.)
    • Also in Alpha Flight, 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.
    • And 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.
  • Scandal Savage from the Secret Six is a biracial (half white, half Native Brazillian) 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 Mr. 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:
    • 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.

    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.

  • The movie Gummo had 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.
  • The movie Chasing Amy includes the character Hooper X, a gay black comic writer posing as a militant black panther expy in order to sell more comics.
  • Dr. Joshua Strongbear Sweet in Atlantis: The Lost Empire is half African-American, half Arapaho.
  • In Cinderella (1997), you have a black female for Cinderella (which may or may not count) and the Prince is Asian with a black mother and white father (a threefer).
  • 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.
  • Mako Mori in Pacific Rim is the sole female in the main cast and she is Japanese.
  • Pitch Perfect: Cynthia Rose is a black 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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, at least in the first book. Later, other women (mostly dwarves) join the force.
    • 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 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.

    Live Action TV 
  • Glee
    • Unique is black and transgender.
    • Rachel's dads. One is gay and Jewish, the other is gay and 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: Sid is black and Jewish, as his companions discover upon visiting his hometown.
  • 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. Now if ONLY the TV show could've been less afraid of showing gay people... 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.
  • 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).
  • Michael Burnham (black and female, raised as a Vulcan) and Dr. Hugh Culber (Latino and gay) on Star Trek: Discovery. Also Captain Philippa Georgiou (Asian and female). Also also, Emperor Philippa Georgiou (Asian, female, 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.
  • Dr. George Huang from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is Asian-American and gay.
  • 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 a 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.
  • Angela Pearly-Gates Montenegro Hodgins in Bones is a "threefer": a half-Asian bisexual female. 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.
  • Danny, on Teen Wolf, is Hawaiian and gay.
  • Norton on War of the Worlds 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.
  • Towards the end of season three of Orange Is the New Black, 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.
    • 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 has 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 has Alex, after she discovers she's a lesbian. Her girlfriend one-ups her by also being Hispanic (unlike Alex, Maggie was disowned by her parents after coming out). Season 4 also introduced Nia Nal, a trans woman, who is also revealed to be an alien.
  • 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, and a British-Indian man.
  • 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): "Lithia" has Pelé as the only person of color and also a lesbian.
  • 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).
  • Charmed (2018): The sisters share a Latina mother, Macy and Maggie having a black father too. Mel is also a lesbian.
  • 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.

  • "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."

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

    Professional 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) female.
  • 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 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.

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    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 woman, whose face and body model was Brazilian/Japanese.
  • 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.
  • In the Dragon Age games, elves are an oppressed minority and mages are hated and feared due to their powers and vulnerability to demonic possession. As such, some 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.
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • From That Guy with the Glasses:
  • Zaboo in The Guild is a self-described "Hinjew", half Indian, half Jewish.
  • Chaka, among others in the Whateley Universe. Chaka is a black female bisexual transgender mutant. Is there such a thing as a fivefer? (Pretty much everyone in Poe Cottage at Whateley Academy is automatically a twofer or threefer, since they're all mutants and all LGBTI, and about half of them are female.)
    • And she's 'running up the walls' hyperactive. Sixfer?
    • Totem and Lady Astarte count as mutants with that rarest of minorities in superhero works: age. Totem is over a hundred, and Lady Astarte is in her seventies. Both are still badass.
  • Statless and Tactless: "Soo" is shorthand for "Soraya", a middle-eastern name. She's also the only woman in the group.
  • Grete Ravenhallow from The Kindness of Devils is Ambiguously Brown and also a lesbian.
  • Carlos The Scientist from Welcome to Night Vale 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.
  • Parodied on SF Debris in a mock discussion between the producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation over whether or not Geordi LaForge could be written as black, blind, and gay.
  • 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".
  • Happens mostly in Sky Williams' earlier videos, but the concept does get discussed in others.
    • Sometimes played up in his appeals to his audience, especially earlier in his YouTube career where he intentionally exaggerated a fake accent and feminine mannerisms.
    • Sky 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 Hazbin Hotel, Vaggie is a Salvadoran lesbian. The former was confirmed by the creator in both a livestream and a tweet.
  • Out With Dad: New Vanessa, or Nessa, is a Latina lesbian (the only person of color in the cast actually).

    Western Animation 
  • Archer
    • Conway Stern in the episode "Diversity Hire" is black and Jewish. As the episode name suggests, he was hired specifically so ISIS could maintain its minority quotas, with Malory even introducing him as a "diversity double-whammy". Of course, as he later reveals that his identity was fake and insists that Conway Stern isn't his real name, it could mean that he lied about being Jewish.
    • In "Three to Tango", Conway returns and reveals his name really is Conway Stern, so he may actually be Jewish. Then again, considering that Archer says he isn't circumcised, it seems rather unlikely that he is Jewish.
    • Actually, Conway should be considered a "triple-whammy", as he has lost both hands in the course of the show, making him a double amputee.
  • Mack from Bro Town: it isn't easy being a Scottish-Jewish-Samoan (and ambiguously gay) [1].
  • Madison Spaghettini Papadopoulos from Class of 3000 is at least part Italian and part Greek going by her name alone.
  • Numbuh 5 from Codename: Kids Next Door is a black French-American girl.
  • Drawn Together:
    • Foxxy Love is also a threefer: black, female, and bisexual (though Everyone Is Bi according to Rule of Funny) (she's a fourfer if you count being part fox).
    • The Entertainment Weekly critic is an exaggerated example. She's a Jewish, conservative, pro-life, born-again, overweight, Asian, homophobic, lesbian broad who cuts herself.
  • Elisa Maza from Gargoyles: originally the only major female hero, with a black mother and Native American father. Originally Elisa was Hispanic. She was made half-black and half-Native American to match her voice actress, Salli Richardson.
  • Asian Reporter Tricia Takanawa on Family Guy (Asian and female). But that is, of course, part of the point.
  • Bender in Futurama 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).
  • Blackstein from High School U.S.A. is, as his name implies, black and Jewish.
  • Melissa of Home Movies makes it up with being a girl and black?
  • 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."
  • Isabella Garcia-Shapiro from Phineas and Ferb — half Hispanic (specifically Mexican) and half Jewish.
    • Danville apparently has enough of a Mexican-Jewish population to hold a Mexican-Jewish Cultural Festival. Oy-le!
      • In fact, given the fact that her mother, Mrs. Garcia-Shapiro, attends that festival and displays some Ashkenazi traits, it's possible that Isabella is fully Jewish and half Mexican, or even fully both, depending on her father's ethnicity (he's tan and somewhat hook-nosed, though not offensively so); it might have been his parents whose last names were originally Garcia and Shapiro, after all.
  • Lena Mack from Street Sharks. She's also virtually the only woman there.
    • Augura of Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 (black female in a team of guys) is pretty much a younger version of Lena.
    • 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.)
  • Skysurfer Strike Force gives us Kim Sakai a.k.a. Sliced Ice, she's Asian and the only woman on the heroes' side.
  • The Legend of Korra has a lot of diversity in terms of gender and ethnicity among its cast, but Korra herself is still notable for being a mixed-race female lead character. In fact, she's a threefer or fourfer, since she is wheelchair-bound for some time and bisexual.
  • Kyle from South Park. Jewish, ginger, and from New Jersey.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Shiro ticks off quite a few boxes, as he 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.
  • Supposedly Alexis in Transformers Armada is Vietnamese. However, it's never mentioned anywhere but a writer interview and she looks pretty dang white, so it might not count.
  • Transformers Animated has the Indian girl Sari as the main human character.
  • Transformers: Prime has Miko, who is Japanese and the only girl of the three human sidekicks.
  • Tish Katsufrakis the eastern European, Jewish vegetarian girl on The Weekenders.

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


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