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18th Sep '17 11:59:13 AM comicwriter
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* Likewise, the ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' episode "Homecoming" decided to give Garner a romantic subplot involving a black lifeguard named Katherine. Unsurprisingly, [[RememberTheNewGuy Katherine never appeared before this episode]], and completely disappeared once it was over.
17th Sep '17 11:42:49 AM nombretomado
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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 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 NotASubversion 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.
26th Jun '17 5:57:55 PM Fireblood
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* Set up and then subverted in ''Franchise/HarryPotter.'' Hagrid, a half-giant, quickly falls for another half-giant Madame Maxime, and works hard to woo her after meeting. After some back-and-forth they become very close and attempt to date... [[spoiler: Then subverted. While they're both half-giants, Hagrid is an uneducated, rough-and-tumble British groundskeeper and Madame Maxime is a well-to-do headmistress of a classy French magical school. The fact that they have the same lineage isn't enough to bridge that gap and they wind up parting ways.]]

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* Set up and then subverted in ''Franchise/HarryPotter.'' Hagrid, a half-giant, quickly falls for another half-giant Madame Maxime, and works hard to woo her after meeting. After some back-and-forth they become very close and attempt to date... [[spoiler: Then subverted. While they're both half-giants, Hagrid is an uneducated, rough-and-tumble British groundskeeper and Madame Maxime is a well-to-do headmistress of a classy French magical school. The fact that they have the same lineage isn't enough to bridge that gap and they wind up parting ways. Also, Maxine is in denial about her heritage due to [[FantasticRacism prejudice]] [[HalfBreedDiscrimination against half-giants]], so Hagrid's calling her one quite bluntly almost torpedoes the relationship from the beginning.]]
26th Jun '17 11:02:37 AM Fireblood
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** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Geordi LaForge]] also once had a black alien love interest. Subverted with his crush in white Leah Brahms, though the writers had intended her to also be black (and a descendent of Dr. Richard Daystrom of ''TOS''), they just neglected to make that clear to the casting department.

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** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Geordi LaForge]] also once had a black alien love interest. Subverted with his crush in on white Leah Brahms, though the writers had intended her to also be black (and a descendent of Dr. Richard Daystrom of ''TOS''), they just neglected to make that clear to the casting department.



* Happens in Series/StargateAtlantis with Teyla. From second season she isn't the only alien or the only non-white of the main characters, but when [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Rachel Luttrell got pregnant]], the [[AssPull character they revealed she was having an offscreen relationship with]] was shown to have a very similar skin tone to hers, despite the fact that her people are shown to be of various races.

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* Happens This happens in Series/StargateAtlantis with Teyla. From the second season she isn't the only alien or the only non-white person of the main characters, but when [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Rachel Luttrell got pregnant]], the [[AssPull character they revealed she was having an offscreen relationship with]] was shown to have a very similar skin tone to hers, despite the fact that her people are shown to be of various races.
21st Jun '17 2:14:12 AM Scabbard
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* Darren's first girlfriend in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' was Miranda, who is also black, though they quickly found out they couldn't work. Darren begins dating Ginger, who is white, however he dumps her for Simone, who is black. Ginger also gets a white love interest after she and Darren break up. [[spoiler:Darren and Ginger eventually get back together and the DistantFinale has them HappilyMarried]].

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* Darren's first girlfriend in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' was Miranda, who is also black, though they quickly found out they couldn't work. Darren begins dating Ginger, who is white, however he dumps breaks up with her for Simone, who is black. Ginger also gets a white love interest after she and Darren break up. [[spoiler:Darren and Ginger eventually get back together and the DistantFinale has them HappilyMarried]].
16th May '17 12:19:54 PM BlackSpyro2000
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', Nino and Alya suddenly realize they have a lot in common with each other after an episode that had revolved around a misunderstanding (Nino had a crush on Marinette, Adrien was coaching him, Marinette thought she was going to meet her longtime crush Adrien and Alya was helping her out, and... it's complicated, but HilarityEnsues.)

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', Nino (whose family comes from Morocco) and Alya suddenly (whose family comes from Martinique) realize they have a lot in common with each other after an episode that had revolved around a misunderstanding (Nino had a crush on Marinette, Adrien was coaching him, Marinette thought she was going to meet her longtime crush Adrien and Alya was helping her out, and... it's complicated, but HilarityEnsues.) ).
7th May '17 10:09:34 AM BlackSpyro2000
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', Nino and Alya suddenly realize they have "a lot in common" with each other after an episode that had revolved around a misunderstanding (Nino had a crush on Marinette, Adrien was coaching him, Marinette thought she was going to meet her longtime crush Adrien and Alya was helping her out, and... it's complicated, but HilarityEnsues.) The point is, Nino and Alya have ''nothing'' in common besides being the only two black characters in the series, and had little interaction prior to this episode, in which they suddenly decide out of nowhere that they were in love at the end.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', Nino and Alya suddenly realize they have "a a lot in common" common with each other after an episode that had revolved around a misunderstanding (Nino had a crush on Marinette, Adrien was coaching him, Marinette thought she was going to meet her longtime crush Adrien and Alya was helping her out, and... it's complicated, but HilarityEnsues.) The point is, Nino and Alya have ''nothing'' in common besides being the only two black characters in the series, and had little interaction prior to this episode, in which they suddenly decide out of nowhere that they were in love at the end.
13th Apr '17 8:31:11 AM fearlessnikki
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* Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio only seemed to have ShipTease with the Latina women on the roster - Wrestling/RosaMendes and the Wrestling/BellaTwins. In real life it's a different story - he dated the very white Paige.
10th Mar '17 1:48:18 PM Pichu-kun
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** Notably subverted in ''[[ComicBook/TeenTitansGo the comic book continuation]],'' where Cyborg has a steady girlfriend, Sarah Simms, who was Caucasian. Yet, Bumblebee and Herald (also black) are implied to be going out later on as a nod toward their being married in mainstream DC comics.

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** Notably subverted in ''[[ComicBook/TeenTitansGo [[ComicBook/TeenTitansGo the comic book continuation]],'' continuation]], where Cyborg has a steady girlfriend, Sarah Simms, who was Caucasian. Yet, Bumblebee and Herald (also black) are implied to be going out later on as a nod toward their being married in mainstream DC comics.
10th Mar '17 1:45:53 PM Pichu-kun
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-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick,''' [[LampshadeHanging pointing this out]] in ''WesternAnimation/JemAndTheHolograms''

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-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick,''' [[LampshadeHanging pointing this out]] in ''WesternAnimation/JemAndTheHolograms''
''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}''



* Chuck and Nancy, Frankie and Maria, and several one-shot couples from Franchise/ArchieComics.

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* Chuck and Nancy, Frankie and Maria, and several one-shot couples from Franchise/ArchieComics.''Franchise/ArchieComics''.



* Subverted in ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'', unlike in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' cartoon. Shana and Tony are still an OfficialCouple but they meet on their own and their relationship is more natural. Most of the pairings are in fact interracial. There's Kimber (white) and Stormer (half-Middle Eastern, half-Israeli), Rio (AmbiguouslyBrown latino) and Jerrica (white), Jerrica and her crush on Riot (half-white, half-Asian), and Aja (Chinese) and Craig (half-Middle Eastern, half-Israeli).



* ''Literature/TheBabysittersClub'' did this in one of the Super Specials where a Japanese boy was introduced as a SatelliteLoveInterest for Claudia.

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* ''Literature/TheBabysittersClub'' ''Literature/TheBabysittersClub'':
** ''The Babysitters Club''
did this in one of the Super Specials where a Japanese boy was introduced as a SatelliteLoveInterest for Claudia.



* Bumblebee from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon 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]].

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* Bumblebee from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** 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.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' had a bad one when Shana met a Black guy at a party. No sooner did the gang see him, that the other girls basically shoved Shana into his path. They of course became the only permanent recurring couple of the show. {{Averted}} in other cases though. Jerrica is the girlfriend of the AmbiguouslyBrown Rio and Aja (who is asian) is dating Craig (who is White).

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' had a bad one when Shana met a Black black guy at a party. No sooner did the gang see him, that the other girls basically shoved Shana into his path. They of course became the only permanent recurring couple of the show. {{Averted}} {{Averted|Trope}} in other cases though. Jerrica is the girlfriend of the AmbiguouslyBrown Rio and Aja (who is asian) is dating Craig (who is White).white).


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* Sun (a monkey [[LittleBitBeastly faunus]]) and Blake (a cat faunus, though she hides it) from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' are not an actual OfficialCouple yet however Sun does like Blake and they have their ShipTease together.
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