'''Basic Trope''': A white character spends the majority of his/her time with a black character.
* '''Straight''': [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold Alice, the lead]] has a best friend named [[SassyBlackWoman Betty]] who's always there when she needs someone to give her encouragement or discouragement.
** Alice and Betty [[HeterosexualLifePartners spend every waking moment together]] and Betty will only ever speak in accordance to [[SatelliteCharacter Alice's every whim]]; to the point that you can forget that Betty's even there because of how the story is all about Alice.
** Alice and Betty are SchoolgirlLesbians, or BaitAndSwitchLesbians.
* '''Downplayed''': Betty does listen to Alice's problems and helps out... but only in more casual affairs. When a problem is major enough, Alice is mostly on her own.
* '''Justified''': Betty is a very minor side character introduced as Alice's best friend because they have specific interests in common and like spending time together.
** Alice and Betty have little, if any, contact with each other and make their own pursuits their first priority.
** Alternatively, Betty is the protagonist, and Alice is just her [[TokenWhite obligatory sidekick]].
** Alice hangs out with Betty an awful lot...along with the rest of her friends.
** Alternately Betty is a BigBadFriend who works for the BigBad
* '''Double Subverted''':
** However out of all her friends, Betty is the one Alice is closest and most intimate with.
** Betty is actually a ReverseMole who tricks the BigBad
** After befriending Betty, Alice takes out a list named "Obligatorily Ethnic Acquaintances" and checks off the point labeled "Black Friend".
** Betty is ''blatantly caucasian'', [[HandWave she's adopted]], y'see...
* '''Zig Zagged''': ???
** Betty is not just Alice's friend. She has characterization and motivations beyond Alice.
** Betty is simply a side character that Alice knows, but one with characterization beyond Alice knowing her
* '''Enforced''': An attempt to introduce diversity to the series or movie
* '''Lampshaded''': "And these are Alice and Betty, or as we affectionately call them, SaltAndPepper."
* '''Invoked''': Alice meets Betty, and the two of them instantly hit it off as best friends.
* '''Exploited''': [[BlackAndNerdy Bob]] gets his friend Betty to set him up with [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt her best friend Alice]]
** Betty firmly asserts that she has her own motives in mind and won't be a pawn in some [[PositiveDiscrimination affirmative action quota]].
** Alice wants nothing to do with Betty and vice versa.
* '''Discussed''': ???
* '''Conversed''': ???
** This may be a case of PositiveDiscrimination, depending on how it's played out. (i.e. if Betty is a MarySue)
** It's clear that Betty's entire existence [[SatelliteCharacter revolves around Alice]]; depriving her of [[TheGenericGuy any identity of her own]].
** Betty becomes increasingly frustrated with always being seen as Alice's "sidekick" and having her problems ignored in favor of whatever small problem Alice is going through. [[WhatTheHellHero She eventually calls Alice out on her self-centeredness and breaks off their friendship.]]
** Betty isn't a MarySue type character; she is a normal human being who will freely state her opinions and call Alice out on any foolishness. The same holds true for Alice.
** [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Alice realizes how single-minded she has been and does her best to make it up to her.]]
* '''Played For Laughs''': SaltAndPepper
* '''Played For Drama''': Alice and Betty's world is [[RaceTropes pretty racist]], and people don't approve of their spending time together, which takes a toll on their friendship.
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