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28th Nov '17 8:39:22 AM comicwriter
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** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok's]] wife also had a rather dark complexion. This could be a result of the show's creators realizing that the notoriously sunny, arid planet Vulcan would favor a darker skin tone - most times you see a Vulcan in Voyager or Enterprise, they at least have a decent tan. However, barring some minor background extras and bit characters (such as a Vulcan midwife in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' and a council member in ''Film/StarTrek2009''), the only significant black Vulcans in franchise history, before or since, are Tuvok's wife and son.

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** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok's]] wife also had a rather dark complexion. This could be a result of the show's creators realizing that the notoriously sunny, arid planet Vulcan would favor a darker skin tone - most times you see a Vulcan in Voyager or Enterprise, they at least have a decent tan. However, barring some minor background extras and bit characters (such as a Vulcan midwife in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' and a council member in ''Film/StarTrek2009''), the only other significant black Vulcans in franchise the franchise's history, before or since, are Tuvok's wife and son.
28th Nov '17 8:38:57 AM comicwriter
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** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok's]] wife also had a rather dark complexion. This could be a result of the show's creators realizing that the notoriously sunny, arid planet Vulcan would favor a darker skin tone - most times you see a Vulcan in Voyager or Enterprise, they at least have a decent tan. However, the only non-Tuvok Vulcans ever played by black actors in franchise history, before or since, are Tuvok's wife and Tuvok's son.

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** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok's]] wife also had a rather dark complexion. This could be a result of the show's creators realizing that the notoriously sunny, arid planet Vulcan would favor a darker skin tone - most times you see a Vulcan in Voyager or Enterprise, they at least have a decent tan. However, barring some minor background extras and bit characters (such as a Vulcan midwife in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' and a council member in ''Film/StarTrek2009''), the only non-Tuvok significant black Vulcans ever played by black actors in franchise history, before or since, are Tuvok's wife and Tuvok's son.
28th Nov '17 8:28:31 AM comicwriter
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** Bumble basically flirts with Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} in every episode she's in, despite the fact that the two never shared a romance in the comics. WordOfGod insists [[RelationshipWritingFumble it was unintentional though]]. They knew people were going to ship them because they're both black and tried to make the ship as unappealing as possible by having them constantly bicker, but their bickering just came off as SlapSlapKiss instead, especially since both characters are naturally playful and competitive.

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** Bumble Bumblebee basically flirts with Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} in every episode she's in, despite the fact that the two never shared a romance in the comics. WordOfGod insists [[RelationshipWritingFumble it was unintentional though]]. They knew people were going to ship them because they're both black and tried to make the ship as unappealing as possible by having them constantly bicker, but their bickering just came off as SlapSlapKiss instead, especially since both characters are naturally playful and competitive.



* GreenLantern (John Stewart) and Vixen in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' might have counted, had Stewart not already been involved with, then had a mutual breakup with, Hawkgirl. (Which doubled as an InterspeciesRomance.)

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* GreenLantern (John Stewart) and Vixen Comicbook/{{Vixen}} in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' might have counted, had Stewart not already been involved with, then had a mutual breakup with, Hawkgirl. (Which doubled as an InterspeciesRomance.)
1st Nov '17 6:44:13 PM DesertDragon
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It is Administrivia/NotASubversion if the lovebirds are different minority races. For example, it's been a pretty common Hollywood practice since the 90's to give a black male lead a Hispanic girlfriend, to avoid the MinorityShowGhetto but without the cultural baggage of pairing him with a white woman.

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It is Administrivia/NotASubversion if the lovebirds are different minority races. For example, it's been a pretty common Hollywood practice since the 90's to give a black male lead a Hispanic girlfriend, to avoid the MinorityShowGhetto (or the perception of strict racial divides if the show has an ensemble cast), but without the cultural baggage of pairing him with a white woman.
1st Nov '17 6:40:44 PM DesertDragon
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1st Nov '17 6:40:22 PM DesertDragon
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** Bumble basically flirts with Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} in every episode she's in, despite the fact that the two never shared a romance in the comics. WordOfGod insists [[RelationshipWritingFumble it was unintentional though]]. They knew people were going to ship them because they're both black and tried to make the ship as unappealing as possible by having them constantly bicker, but their bickering just came off as SlapSlapKiss instead, especially with Bumblebee's strong-willed but playful demeanor.

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** Bumble basically flirts with Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} in every episode she's in, despite the fact that the two never shared a romance in the comics. WordOfGod insists [[RelationshipWritingFumble it was unintentional though]]. They knew people were going to ship them because they're both black and tried to make the ship as unappealing as possible by having them constantly bicker, but their bickering just came off as SlapSlapKiss instead, especially with Bumblebee's strong-willed but since both characters are naturally playful demeanor.and competitive.
1st Nov '17 6:36:48 PM DesertDragon
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* '''Tailor-Made Partner:''' The writers attempt to remove the label of tokenism by adding a similar character later, like a black female after a black male. Would be hypothetically successful, except she is usually a DistaffCounterpart who is quite clearly going to be paired off with the token at some point and will not be fully integrated with the rest of the cast. Extra points if she is only the second black person to even be scene on the show.

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* '''Tailor-Made Partner:''' The writers attempt to remove the label of tokenism by adding a similar character later, like a black female after a black male. Would be hypothetically successful, except she is usually a DistaffCounterpart who is quite clearly going to be paired off with the token at some point and will not be fully integrated with the rest of the cast. Extra points if she is only the second black person ''only'' other minority character to even be scene ever appear on the show.
1st Nov '17 6:34:43 PM DesertDragon
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* '''Tailor-Made Partner:''' The writers attempt to remove the label of tokenism by adding a similar character later, like a black female after a black male. Would be hypothetically successful, except she is usually a DistaffCounterpart who is quite clearly going to be paired off with the token at some point and will not be fully integrated with the rest of the cast.

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* '''Tailor-Made Partner:''' The writers attempt to remove the label of tokenism by adding a similar character later, like a black female after a black male. Would be hypothetically successful, except she is usually a DistaffCounterpart who is quite clearly going to be paired off with the token at some point and will not be fully integrated with the rest of the cast.
cast. Extra points if she is only the second black person to even be scene on the show.



** Shane, Mercedes' jock boyfriend she met between seasons two and three, though things got complicated once her first boyfriend Sam came back to [=McKinley=].
** Played straight with Kurt and Blaine. When we first meet Blaine, even if you weren't following all the online rumors and whatnot, it was clear that he would inevitably end up as Kurt's boyfriend. And when Mercedes hangs out with them, she pictures them both saying "[[BlahBlahBlah gaygaygaygaylittlepursegay]]", complete with mentions of favorite Vogue magazine covers and discussing Patti [=LuPone=]'s new book. Thankfully, Blaine has since developed beyond just being Kurt's boyfriend, to the point that he has better chemistry with the rest of New Directions than Kurt ever did.
*** The writing staff tried to give a red herring by saying Kurt was going to get a boyfriend who was a new character but implying that it was ''Sam''. Then his intro episode happened. [[{{Jossed}} Hilarity ensued.]]

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** Later there was Shane, Mercedes' jock boyfriend she whomcshe met between seasons two and three, though things got complicated once her first boyfriend Sam came back to [=McKinley=].
[=McKinley=] High.
** Played straight with Kurt and Blaine. When we first meet Blaine, even if you weren't following all the online rumors and whatnot, it was clear that he would inevitably end up as Kurt's boyfriend. And when Mercedes hangs out with them, she pictures them both saying "[[BlahBlahBlah gaygaygaygaylittlepursegay]]", complete with mentions of favorite Vogue magazine covers and discussing Patti [=LuPone=]'s new book. Thankfully, Blaine has since developed beyond just being Kurt's boyfriend, to the point that he has had better chemistry with the rest other members of New Directions than Kurt ever did.
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did. The writing staff tried to give a red herring by saying Kurt was going to get a boyfriend who was a new character but implying but, implied that it was ''Sam''. Then his intro episode happened. [[{{Jossed}} Hilarity ensued.]]



** Bumble basically flirts with Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} in every episode she's in, despite the fact that the two never shared a romance in the comics. WordOfGod is [[RelationshipWritingFumble was unintentional though]]. They knew people were going to ship them because they're both black and tried to make them ship as unappealing as possible, but their bickering just came off as SlapSlapKiss instead.

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** Bumble basically flirts with Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} in every episode she's in, despite the fact that the two never shared a romance in the comics. WordOfGod is insists [[RelationshipWritingFumble it was unintentional though]]. They knew people were going to ship them because they're both black and tried to make them the ship as unappealing as possible, possible by having them constantly bicker, but their bickering just came off as SlapSlapKiss instead.instead, especially with Bumblebee's strong-willed but playful demeanor.



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* The infamous pairing of ComicBook/{{Storm}} and the ComicBook/BlackPanther. Hell, it's been outright stated by Creator/ReginaldHudlin, the writer of BP at the time, that he married them because they were the "two most prominent black characters in Marvel." Granted, her [[PimpedOutDress wedding dress]] was gorgeous. Prior to this, they'd met in an issue of ''Marvel Team-Up'' that made it clear that while there was an attraction between them when they were teenagers, they'd both moved on since then. When they met again in Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}}'s ''Black Panther'' run, it was once again clear that while there was a spark between them, they weren't destined to be together. Then suddenly under Hudlin, it was {{Retcon}}ned that they'd been the love of each other's lives since forever.

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* The infamous pairing of ComicBook/{{Storm}} and the ComicBook/BlackPanther. Hell, it's It's been outright stated by Creator/ReginaldHudlin, the writer of BP at the time, that he married them because they were the "two most prominent black characters in Marvel." Granted, her [[PimpedOutDress wedding dress]] was gorgeous. Prior to this, they'd they had met in an issue of ''Marvel Team-Up'' that made it clear that while there was an attraction between them when they were teenagers, they'd both moved on since then. When they met again in Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}}'s ''Black Panther'' run, it was once again clear that while there was a spark between them, they weren't destined to be together. Then suddenly under Hudlin, it was {{Retcon}}ned that they'd been the love of each other's lives since forever.



** In the second season, Tina officially dumped Artie for Mike over the summer when they both worked at "Asian Camp". What makes this a particularly annoying example is because their race was almost never brought up in the first season. They were two kids in the club who happened to be Asian. Come Season 2, it became [[{{Flanderization}} all they ever talked about]] before being dialed back in Season 4 when they broke up.

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** In the second season, Tina officially dumped Artie for Mike over the summer when they both worked at "Asian Camp". What makes this a particularly annoying example is because their race was almost never brought up in the first season. They were two kids in the club who happened to be Asian. Come Season 2, it became [[{{Flanderization}} all they ever talked about]] before being dialed back in Season 4 when they broke up.
1st Nov '17 6:18:08 PM DesertDragon
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It is Administrivia/NotASubversion if the lovebirds are different minority races. In fact, it's been a pretty common Hollywood practice since the 90's to give a black male lead a Hispanic girlfriend, to avoid the MinorityShowGhetto but without the cultural baggage of pairing him with a white woman.

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It is Administrivia/NotASubversion if the lovebirds are different minority races. In fact, For example, it's been a pretty common Hollywood practice since the 90's to give a black male lead a Hispanic girlfriend, to avoid the MinorityShowGhetto but without the cultural baggage of pairing him with a white woman.
1st Nov '17 6:17:31 PM DesertDragon
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* '''Independently-Made Partner:''' Two minority characters are established independently of each other. If they have any interactions at all, it's as friends and nothing more. But then later seasons find them getting "friendlier", even though they have nothing in common beyond their race. It is Administrivia/NotASubversion if the lovebirds are different minority races. If everyone else on the show is white except for a black and an Asian, and they fall in love with no subtlety or natural buildup, it's as straight an example as any other. This is because only two races matter in Hollywood: white and not white.

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* '''Independently-Made Partner:''' Two minority characters are established independently of each other. If they have any interactions at all, it's as friends and nothing more. But then later seasons find them getting "friendlier", even though they have nothing in common beyond their race.

It is Administrivia/NotASubversion if the lovebirds are different minority races. If everyone else on the show is white except for a black and an Asian, and they fall in love with no subtlety or natural buildup, In fact, it's as straight an example as any other. This is because only two races matter in Hollywood: been a pretty common Hollywood practice since the 90's to give a black male lead a Hispanic girlfriend, to avoid the MinorityShowGhetto but without the cultural baggage of pairing him with a white and not white.
woman.



Another variant happens in the WorldOfFunnyAnimals, where everybody is a different anthropomorphic animal, but no matter [[SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism how anthropomorphic they are]], only those of the same exact species will truly hook up. For example, Bob Kitty is the only cat in the show and has no love interests until Alice the cat shows up. This is less FantasticRacism and more to avoid the potential {{Squick}} of an InterspeciesRomance.

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Another variant happens in the WorldOfFunnyAnimals, where everybody is a different anthropomorphic animal, but no matter [[SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism how anthropomorphic they are]], only those of the same exact species will truly hook up. For example, Bob Kitty is the only cat in the show and has no love interests until Alice the cat shows up. This is less FantasticRacism and more to avoid the potential {{Squick}} of an InterspeciesRomance.
InterspeciesRomance. [[note]]Some stories that aren't aimed at children will state that the mother's species determines the child's, rendering the point moot[[/note]]
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