Ethnicity Tags


“Ethnicity” refers to a mix of both racial and ethnic categories.

Every character needs at least one supertag. Tag ethnicities for both the character and the actor.

Tag Values


  • black

  • white

  • latinx

  • swana

  • asian pacific

  • indigenous

  • multi

  • unknown

  • ethnicity x

Secondary tags:

  • specific ethnicity (e.g. “chinese-american”)

  • modeled on ____


“Latinx” refers to people of Latin American origin or descent, including non-Spanish speaking Latin American countries such as Brazil and excluding Spain.

mmrl uses SWANA (South West Asia and North Africa) instead of the more common MENA (Middle East/North Africa) in order to avoid the Eurocentric and colonial term “the Middle East.”

Use “multi” supertag instead of “mixed,” “multi-racial,” “mixed-race,” etc.

“Unknown” supertag applies largely to non-human characters or animation.

Human characters of unspecified ethnicity are tagged as “ambiguous.”

“Ethnicity x” supertag is used primarily for secondary world fantasy media in which there are human characters with specified ethnicities that are not the same as the ethnicities we are familiar with. Given that these fictional ethnicities often reference real-world ethnicities, “ethnicity x” will often be paired with the secondary tag “modeled on ____,” such as “modeled on indigenous” or “modeled on asian pacific”.

Secondary tags should be as specific as possible. For example, use “chinese-american” or “chinese-british” when relevant instead of using a general “chinese” tag to refer to all people of Chinese origin or descent.