Created By: FreezairForALimitedTimeOctober 11, 2010

Interracial Relationship

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We have a page on Mixed Marriage, for when this is a source of drama, and for other subtropes like Interspecies Romance... But not, oddly, on the simple supertrope. Well, let's fix that!

An Interracial Relationship is more or less Exactly What It Says On The Tin--a (romantic) relationship wherein the participants are of different ethnicities. Once a rather taboo concept--with a few exceptions here and there--it has since become a more and more accepted topic. However, it is still relatively uncommon, such that examples tend to be far and few between in contrast to other practices like Token Shipping. If not treated with suspicion by others, then they at least tend to be heavily lampshaded.

Rare is the interracial couple that is treated as totally mundane by everyone involved--though they certainly do happen. Works geared toward children and adolescents, or families, tend to have more interracial couples who are allowed to exist without question. Some of it might be that writers are uncomfortable discussing such a sensitive subject with kids, but it may also be part of An Aesop to show that we shouldn't question them, and that it is perfectly normal. Or maybe the writers weren't think of race issues at all, and they just thought Jane the shy Asian Meganekko and dorky Black And Nerdy Cody would make a good couple. Sometimes writing happens like that.

While sadly, there are still many places and people where and for whom interracial couples are not acceptable, and while some interracial couples face internal strife from wondering about the sincerity of the relationship or how the world may percieve them ("Does he only like me because I'm Asian?" "Would she still be interested in me if I wasn't Hispanic?" "If they see us walking hand-in-hand down the street, will they shout racial slurs at us?") some couples are just too darn happy being together to care. As with other Love Tropes, how Truth In Television this is depends on the couple--some, even if they are blissfully in love, realize that they may have to be careful expressing their love in public. Others are lucky enough to live in very open-minded areas, are Bad Ass enough to deal with any insults, or simply don't care what others think.

In short: This is where the members of a couple are of different ethnicities, but ethnicity does not necessarily play a large role in the story.

Since this trope has a lot of subtropes, please make sure an example does not fit under one of them before adding it here.

Subtropes:
  • Mixed Marriage: An Interracial Relationship that's played for drama, with the unacceptance of the family/friends/society of the relationship being a key point.
  • Where Da White Women At: A black man and a white woman, where race is explicitly a factor in their relationship.
  • Me Love You Long Time: A white man and an Asian woman, where race is explicitly a factor in their relationship.
  • Latin Lover: A Hispanic/Latino person is depicted as especially romantic and desirable.
  • Shiksa Goddess: A Jewish man persues a non-Jewish woman. (Bonus points for being portrayed sometimes as an ethnicity issue, and sometimes as a religion issue.)
  • Interspecies Romance: A relationship across species lines, though usually (one hopes) both members are sapient (or at least on equal intellectual footing).

Now, considering the criteria above, anyone got any examples...?
Community Feedback Replies: 80
  • October 12, 2010
    randomsurfer
    I'm sure there are some from those other pages where the races aren't the point (at least explicitly). Like Rose & Micky on Nu Who, currently listed on Where Da White Women At.
  • October 12, 2010
    foxley
    Matzo Fever is another subtrope.
  • October 12, 2010
    Starry-Eyed
    The DCAU is full of this:
  • October 12, 2010
    arromdee
    This can be hard to determine if a character is Ambiguously Brown or if played by an actor who doesn't match the character, and it also adds the question of whether mixed race counts. Is Clark + Lana in Smallville an interracial relationship?
  • October 12, 2010
    FreezairForALimitedTime
    @random: Without being explicitly familiar with the works in question, it's hard for me to tell which are examples and which aren't.

    @foxley: I wasn't entirely sure, since it seemed more to be specifically about Jewish people being treated as sexy.

    @arromdee: Mind if I copy and paste that directly into my description?
  • October 12, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Clark and Lana is - because that's an Interspecies Romance. :)
  • October 12, 2010
    magnum12
    • Implied that when they're older, Isabella (hispanic) and either Phineas or Ferb (caucasian) get together.
  • October 12, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Isabella is Mexican and Jewish.

    • Jungle Fever is a film about interracial relationships...a white man with the dig on for a black woman in this case.
    • Bringin' Down The House has a white guy with the dig on for Queen Latifah's character. They get together in the end, because she realizes he thinks of her as a goddess, and her same-race ex is a criminal who was setting her up to go to jail for his crimes.
    • The Jeffersons and The Willises had a lot of friction because the latter couple were interracial, and George insisted on calling their child a "zebra".
    • The play Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
    • Lois And Clark is yet another Interspecies Romance
    • Babylon5 Delenn and Sheridan
    • Comics in general have a lot of appearances in this trope:
      • DC Comics:
        • Superman and Lois Lane
        • Green Lantern John Stewart and Katma Tui
        • Wally West and Linda Park
        • Nightwing (human) and Starfire (Tamaranian) before he moved on to Barbara.
        • Legion Of Superheroes is full of InterspeciesRomances
          • Ultra Boy and Phantom Girl are from two different planets
          • As are Lighting Lad and Saturn Girl
      • Marvel Comics:
        • The Avengers
          • Vision (android) and Scarlet Witch (Hungarian mutant)
          • Quicksilver (Hungarian mutant) and Crystal (Inhuman) -- although they later divorced
          • I don't know if we have ever gotten into his parentage, but Damon Hellstrom and his sister are the children of a demon claiming to be Satan and a human.
        • Fantastic Four
          • In a previous continuity, Johnny (human) was involved with a shapeshifted Skrull.
        • X-Men has been full of Interracial (and from a certain point of view, Interspecies relationships) over the course of its continuity.
          • Storm (African American) and Forge (Native American)
          • Charles (human) and Lilandra (Shi'ar)
          • Hank McCoy (mutant) and Trish Tilby (human) or Hank (Caucasian with blue fur) and Cecilia Reyes (Latina)
          • Wolverine (Canadian/mutant) and Mariko (human/Japanese) , Yukio (human/Japanese), Tiger Tyger (mutant/Vietnamese?), Deathstrike (augmented human/Japanese), Silver Fox (mutant/Native American), Viper (???)
          • Rictor (Latino) and Rayne (Scots), then later Rictor (Latino) and Shatterstar (from the Mojo Dimension)
          • Dazzler (human/mutant) and Longshot (from the Mojo Dimension)
          • Bobby Drake (Caucasian/mutant) and Opal (human/Japanese)
          • Warren Worthington (mutant) and Candy Sothern (human)
          • Kitty Pryde (Jewish) and Piotr Rasputin (Russian)
          • Christopher Summers (human) and Hepzibah (No idea what her race is, but she's an alien skunk person of some sort)

  • October 13, 2010
    Arivne
    ^ Hepzibah is a Mephitisoid from the planet Tryl'sart.
  • October 13, 2010
    stryper
    The Big C Laura Linney's Character has a relationship with a black man. The only person who seems to have a problem with it, besides her brother because she is married, is the black high school student who's crushing on him. Race traitor is thrown about.

    Alternatively, LoveActually has a married couple that is mixed race and it is treated as normal.
  • October 13, 2010
    arromdee
    Freezair: Go ahead.

    I'm not sure Superman and Lois Lane really counts, unless you're going to count Superman as Ambiguously Jewish (and that varies a lot between depictions of him).

    I'm also not sure we should count extraterrestrials that don't resemble any human race (and extraterrestrials that do resemble one should count as whatever race they look like.)
  • October 13, 2010
    stryper
    LakeviewTerrace Samual L jackson's corrupt cop has an issue with the mixed black and white couple that move in next door.
  • October 13, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    @arromdee Why wouldn't it count? The entire world knows Superman is not human even though he looks the part.
  • October 13, 2010
    Starry-Eyed
    I agree with arromdee. Even if Superman is actually a Kryptonian (and the whole world knows this), he looks like a white man. Thus, both in and out of universe, it doesn't "trigger" anyone's interracial relationship radar. Superman could have dated Lois even in a time and culture when interracial relationships were a huge taboo.

    If they're only an example of Interspecies Romance--either because they don't look human, or they look the same race as their love interest--they shouldn't count for this trope. They should only count if they come across as a different race than their love interest.

    Non-superhero example: Edward and Bella don't count, but Jacob and Bella do, and so do Jacob and Renesme
  • October 13, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    Older Than They Think: In the early 13th century German romance Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach, the European knight Gahmuret of "Anschouwe" (Anjou in France) marries the African queen Belacane. He later deserts her and remarries, but this has less to do with her race and more with the fact that she is a heathen. The couple have a child, the heroic Feirefiz, who is mottled black and white, like a magpie and who becomes the ancestor of the mighty Christian Oriental ruler, Prester John.
  • October 14, 2010
    ladyshadowphyre
    Zoe and Wash from [[Firefly Firefly]] fit this, wherein the main confusion over their relationship has more to do with swapped gender roles than their mixed ethnic backgrounds.
  • October 15, 2010
    Rhatahema
    I support this as a Super Trope to those listed, and the description is well written and appropriate. However, I'm against listing examples of mixed relationships that don't have an effect on plot. That seems more like an aversion of the page's Sub Tropes than a trope in and of itself. Unless the work makes a point of highlighting the couple's difference in ethnicity and the lack of conflict resulting in that difference, it may be too incidental to claim as a trope.

    The other reason is less subjective. A Sub Trope's examples must also qualify as examples of its Super Trope.
  • October 15, 2010
    Duckay
    I can think of a few examples off the top of my head, (eg. Omar and Brandon from The Wire, where far more attention is played to the fact that they're a gay couple than that they're an interracial couple, Miranda and her black boyfriend from Sex And The City, because race is never really mentioned, David and Keith from Six Feet Under, arguably Ross and Julie, Ross and Charlie, Charlie and Joey, and Ross/Joey and Kristen from Friends, Angel and Collins, Maureen and Joanne, and Mimi and Roger from RENT), but I'm thinking that while this might be useful to have, but that just a list of interracial relationships that aren't plot-important seems a bit unnecessary. I go back and forth on that, though - even writing this comment, I've changed my mind twice. I'm not sure.
  • October 16, 2010
    Speedball
    A prominent romance in The Dragon Doctors is between (black) Kili and (white) Greg.
  • October 18, 2010
    FreezairForALimitedTime
    @Rhata: I still think non-plot-relavant examples still count. Because interracial relationships are still different from the "norm," they still tend to be noticable or seemingly unusual where they crop up. They can still have an external point to make even if, in-story, they are not noted as strange.
  • October 18, 2010
    rodneyAnonymous
    Ricky and Lucy Ricardo

    ... but ^^^^ (Rhatahema) "I'm against listing examples of mixed relationships that don't have an effect on plot" and "Unless the work makes a point of highlighting the couple's difference in ethnicity and the lack of conflict resulting in that difference, it may be too incidental to claim as a trope" and "A Sub Trope's examples must also qualify as examples of its Super Trope."... which are good points...
  • October 18, 2010
    faustishlurve
    Lane Price and his black girlfriend from the Playboy Club in Mad Men
  • October 18, 2010
    Rhatahema
    @Freezair: I understand your point, but just how "noticeable" or different from the "norm" these relationships are depends heavily on the demographics of the audience. If I grew up in a region where it was common for whites and Latinos to get married and to have children, how would I be able to identify a white/Latino couple in fiction as a trope? There needs to be some sort of context to give this meaning, such as an audience reaction, network adversity, or statement from the creator. Lucille Ball, for instance, had to fight the CBS executives to cast Dezi Arnaz as her husband in I Love Lucy.

    If you really feel that these examples need to be listed, they should be listed under a Sub Trope to this page.
  • October 21, 2010
    Alan23
    Surprised no-one's noted H P Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror", which is a really classic example of the interspecies version of this.
  • October 25, 2010
    FreezairForALimitedTime
    It's true that demographics do play a part, but they still won't be the same everywhere. It's a bit like the noted Superman/Lois Lane example--they look the same, regardless of the fact that they're different species, so they don't register as different. But, say, a black girl and an Asian man appear different, and may provoke an audience reaction. They may be treated as ordinary in story and there may be an area where black and Asian intermarriage is very common, but to a large group of people, the couple in question will still appear different from the norm regardless of how they are in-story.
  • October 25, 2010
    Starry-Eyed
    ^^^I feel like the I Love Lucy example actually furthers the opposite point. Even though it was a big deal in real life, the show treated it as completely normal. While Ricky's ethnicity comes up plenty of times, the fact that he and Lucy have a Mixed Marriage never does.

    In other words, it affects the plot by the absence of conflict. It is deliberately used, for deliberate reasons.
  • October 25, 2010
    shimaspawn
    • The Young Avengers takes this to almost ludicrous extremes with Teddy Altman (a half skrull, half kree alien shapeshifter), and his boyfriend Billy Kaplan (who is ethnically Jewish, but is actually the reincarnated son of a Romanian Gypsy and an Android whose mother created him with reality warping powers out of the soul of the demon Mephisto).
  • March 27, 2011
    ekedolphin
    The Bodyguard is a rare example of white male/black female in film.
  • April 22, 2011
    Perihelion
    I'm bumping this because I think it should be added. I do think it's a bit verbose, though.
  • April 22, 2011
    arromdee
    It still raises the question of characters played by actors of mixed or ambiguous race, though.
  • April 22, 2011
    jaytee
    I'm with Rhata. Great as a supertrope page, but unless there's some effect on plot or another aspect of the work, it isn't really a tropeable subject by itself. The example of Lucy and Desi being controversial in Real Life, but not the show is just a specific example of Values Dissonance, but their interraciality isn't a trope in and of itself.

    Many of the listed examples fit under one of the subtropes anyway.
  • March 4, 2012
    CrystalBlue
    Bump. Seconding others who say that this would be good as a supertrope page.
  • March 4, 2012
    Bisected8
    Also seconding.
  • March 4, 2012
    captainpat
    It's been decided that Interracial Relationship in and of themselves are not a trope. This could be an index but not a trope.
  • March 4, 2012
    Met
    I agree that Interracial Relationship is not a trope. If it's just going to be a list of every interracial relationship ever, that isn't tropeable. Mixed Marriage works only because it's relevant to the story.
  • March 4, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    See current YKTTW/proposed trope "Black Woman, White Loser"
  • March 4, 2012
    Acebrock
    Mixed Marriage is now Maligned Mixed Marriage, so if anyone is going to update the YKTTW, they might want to change that.

    Also, what about making this an exampleless supertrope?
  • March 4, 2012
    chicagomel
    What about Fred and Gunn on Angel?
  • March 4, 2012
    Bario
    Possible sub-trope: Hot Skitty On Wailord Action.
  • March 5, 2012
    MiinU

    Anime and Manga

    Video games

    • Art of Fighting has two such relationships: Ryo, who's Japanese/American with King, who's French. Then there's Robert (Italian) with Yuri, who's Japanese/American like her brother.

    • Twilight Princess: While it's never confirmed, it's strongly implied all the same, that Link (Hylian) and Ilia (human) have such a relationship. They even get a Leave The Two Lovebirds Alone moment.

    Western animation

    • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The two Water Tribe siblings, Katara and Sokka, hook up with an Airbender (Aang) and an Earth Kingdom girl (Suki) respectively.
  • March 5, 2012
    lebrel
    I'll n-th "index but not a trope". Interracial relationships in and of themselves are chairs; an index of the ways they can be used for storytelling purposes is useful, a list of every example of an interracial relationship is not.
  • March 5, 2012
    Cider
    I'm really not seeing the point of a trope page. Index, yeah sure, I wouldn't mind that, but interracial seems too specific for an index. There are lots of ways to have a "Mixed" marriage, race is only one of them. Area-language-religion-ect
  • March 5, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Agred with Starry-Eyed: only phenotypically "human"-looking characters in relationships with other phenotypically human-looking but ethnically distinct characters should count for this trope, otherwise there's too much unnecessary overlap between this and interspecies romances. Let's avoid the Taxonomic Term Confusion, please, I'm begging you people as a former bio-anthropology major. A "race" or "ethnic group" and a "species" are not the same thing, even if science fiction tends to confuse the two.

    Example- Live Action- Film- The excellent Indy movie Mississippi Masala explores the racial tensions sparked between two families when the daughter of an Indian immigrant from Uganda falls in love with a southern Black man.
  • July 28, 2012
    MorwenEdhelwen
    Theatre: In ''The Rose Of Algeria", Zoradie, the heroine, who's an Algerian princess, is in love with a mysterious poet's words and wants to only marry him. At the end he turns out to be a French captain in the Foreign Legion.
  • January 19, 2015
    bleach246
    • We have a few examples from The Legend Of Korra, in season 1 and 2 we had Korra a Water Tribe native woman (whose father and mother come from the Northern and Southern Water tribes respectively) and the Avatar going out with firebender Mako (who himself is half Earth Kingdom on his dad's side at least until the two break up for real at the end of season 2.
      • Also from Book 2 we have, at least for the first 4 episodes, Bolin (an earthbender who is half Fire Nation) and Eska from the Northern Water Tribe.
      • In Book 3 we have Jinora, an Airbender, getting together with Kai who, while an airbender himself, came from the Earth Kingdom initially.
      • And finally at the end of Book 4 we have Korra (who as previously mentioned is the Avatar and a mixed race Water Tribeswoman) and Asami who is a Non Bender, whose family is implied to be from the Fire Nation originally and who is a woman.
  • January 20, 2015
    acrobox
    I think its a trope in so far as it elicits a response from either the audience or characters that is different than the 'default' same-race relationship and is a conscious choice on the part of most creators (unless its a Multi National Team or Five Token Band in which case to have any romantic drama in the main cast you need this, otherwise people on date side characters)

    It's like Garnishing The Story, even if it doesnt have a huge impact on the plot.
  • January 20, 2015
    acrobox
    That said a lot of the examples on here are Interspecies Romance. Agree with above statements that 'White' Kryptonian Superman dating White American Lois Lane doesnt elicit the same response as an interracial relationship. If White Krptonian Superman dated say Black African Vixen or if Lois Lane or Clark Kent had a Race Lift in an adaptation then you would fit it here.
  • January 20, 2015
    lexicon
    I agree if it's not relevant to the story it's not a trope unless maybe there's an audience reaction. Otherwise it has to be causing drama in the story.

    Why does this have two hats when it asks for examples and has none, besides the fact that people have been saying that it's not a trope?
  • January 20, 2015
    Snicka
    Me Love You Long Time is now a redirect to Asian Hooker Stereotype. A white man - Asian woman relationship is now Mighty Whitey And Mellow Yellow.
  • January 20, 2015
    acrobox
    ^^ Who's managing this one. OP's been gone like 3 years
  • January 20, 2015
    Unknown Troper
    • In South Park, "Cartman Finds Love", Eric is quite angered by his same-race matchmaking of Nicole/Token being discarded by Nicole's (Black) crush on Kyle (Jewish). To get them back together, he pretends that him and Kyle are in a homosexual relationship with each other, ironically itself an interracial relationship.
      • There's also Stan (White) X Kyle (Jewish), one of the most popular Fanon pairings
    • Animorphs: Jake (White/Jewish)/Cassie (Black American).
    • Sister Japan (Asian) X Sister America (White/Latina(?)) a not to uncommon Fanon pairing for Scandinavia And The World.
  • January 20, 2015
    DAN004
    We don't have Mixed Marriage, but we do have Maligned Mixed Marriage
  • January 21, 2015
    NemuruMaeNi
    Use of Exactly What It Says On The Tin is wrong in the write-up. That trope governs works with specific sort of titles. Don't contribute to the misuse, see Administrivia.Sinkhole and dedicated cleanup thread.
  • January 21, 2015
    Snicka
    I'm afraid that if the couple's races don't play any role in the story, then it's People Sit On Chairs.
  • January 21, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ yeah, some "supertrope" of tropes are chairs. Just like how Slouch Of Villainy is a trope but People Sit On Chairs isn't.

    Maybe turn this into an index instead?
  • January 21, 2015
    randomsurfer
    • Soap Danny's girlfriend Polly is black; they meet while they're both visiting their decesed spouses in a cemetary. None of their families think that it will work, and in the end they break up.
    • A variant from All In The Family, where two people of different religions are going to get married and one of their mothers is against it.
      Mother: What will their children be?
      Edith: Anything they want.
  • January 21, 2015
    lexicon
    Supertropes are still tropes. Chairs is has nothing to do with Slouch Of Villainy. Chairs is Too Meaningless To Trope. Taking a hat away for being chairs as so many have said.
  • January 21, 2015
    acrobox
    No one has answered how this differs from Garnishing The Story. Should all those tropes be axed?
  • January 21, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ Dunno, nobody's even sure what this is going to be.
  • January 22, 2015
    acrobox
    thats the real issue though. Garnishing The Story is just the thing existing for sake of it existing. Is that not chairs? If it's not than this too is a trope because it exists for the sake of itself.
  • January 23, 2015
    lexicon
    You said, "in so far as it elicits a response from either the audience or characters" so the examples that are like, "Mystery of the Batwoman had Bruce dating black socialite Kathleen Ducanesque" doesn't count for anything. Start giving the audience or character response to this relationship and this might be considered a trope.
  • January 23, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ dunno, the description said that "characters not giving response to it" may be part of an aesop of "this relationship has no problem whatsoever". But of course dat logic's kinda flawed.
  • January 23, 2015
    Morgenthaler
    As others have expressed before, I'll agree that this is People Sit On Chairs if it's simply "people of two different races are romantically involved" with no story meaning, as opposed to actual tropes like Where Da White Women At (though examples from that tend to have some ZCE issues as well due to the confusing name), Maligned Mixed Marriage, or Race Fetish. It's notable that this ykttw is so old that Mighty Whitey And Mellow Yellow is still listed under its old name Me Love You Long Time, which has in fact been renamed twice because its second name Asian Gal With White Guy invoked similar PSOC issues.
  • January 23, 2015
    Snicka
    Now, as DAN 004 proposed, this should be turned into an index instead of a supertrope.

    EDIT: It already exists, it's called Interracial And Interspecies Love Index.
  • January 23, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ aye, discard this then.
  • January 23, 2015
    acrobox
    Not valid. You havent answered the Garnishing The Story question.

    Should all the Garnishing The Story tropes be axed? From that page

    "Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative."

    An element is included in a work, just because the element makes the story better in some way simply for having it, similar to adding spices and seasonings to food.

    These elements don't drive the plot or have a narrative purpose, and aren't genre staples. They can add to characterization or World Building, but mostly the point of them is that having these elements is so much better than not having these elements.
  • January 23, 2015
    gallium
    This is a trope, and I am surprised to see so many people saying that it is not a trope. I agree that not every example of a couple of two different races is a valid example, but sometimes interracial relationships and the problems/tensions/drama they may cause are important story elements. I think part of the problem is that Maligned Mixed Marriage, which in theory could cover this, specifically says marriage, rather than, say, dating, or carrying on an illicit affair.
  • January 23, 2015
    gallium
    Film

    • In The Learning Tree, Newt, a black teenager in a small town in 1920s Kansas, courts Arcella, another black teenager who is new to town. He is crushed when he finds out that she has dumped him for Chauncey Cavanaugh, a white boy and the scion of the richest family in town.
  • January 23, 2015
    Acebrock
    ^^ from the Maligned Mixed Marriage page:

    And just to be clear, this trope can cover any romantic relationship, not just marriages. We just like alliteration here.
  • January 23, 2015
    gallium
    ^Well then that's a terrible name and a good TRS topic.
  • January 24, 2015
    lexicon
    Yes, sometimes interracial relationships and the problems/tensions/drama they may cause are important story elements but this page says, "In short: This is where the members of a couple are of different ethnicities, but ethnicity does not necessarily play a large role in the story." You can call this Meaningless Mixed Marriage.
  • January 24, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ not to say we can't turn this into a proper trope and redefine this.

    I'm not really gonna take this though.
  • January 24, 2015
    acrobox
    ^^ Lexicon, Garnishing The Story... you keep dodging answering that as you assert that this should be discarded.

    ^^^ yeah it is actually
  • January 24, 2015
    lexicon
    If you're saying that it's better to have an interracial relationship as garnish then the examples should say how it's better. From what I've seen though Garnishing The Story has examples that say something is in a story without saying how it's better.
  • January 24, 2015
    DAN004
    ^^ Why are you keep asking about Garnishing The Story when it has nothing to do with this ykttw?
  • January 24, 2015
    acrobox
    The comlaint about this is that 'it doesn't add anything to the story so Chairs.' We have a whole section of tropes that explicitly don't add anything to the story - its called Garnishing The Story. Unless all of those are chairs, i think this can ride.

  • January 24, 2015
    Snicka
    ^ Garnishing The Story doesn't serve any narrative purpose, but makes the story more interesting and entertaining (like Rule Of Cool). It could be argued that having an interracial couple makes the story more colourful (pun intended) compared to having a couple of the same race, thus might be considered Garnishing The Story rather than People Sit On Chairs. But then, let's call it Gratuitous Interracial Couple or something.
  • January 24, 2015
    DAN004
    "Garnishing" is still something added into something big. You can't deny that a fiction "tastes" differently when you add a different kind of garnishing.
  • January 24, 2015
    acrobox
    I think content 'tastes' different when you have interracial relationships. Just because it deviates from the default same race relationship.

    As the description states its either a point of contention with other characters, or if its not it shows that you're in an open minded community.
  • January 24, 2015
    DAN004
    I'm not gonna comment on the "taste" of this trope though, cuz this isn't exactly my kind of subject.

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