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->''"She was six feet of black dynamite! He was a short Hasidic Jew."''
-->-- '''Cleopatra Schwartz''', ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie''
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A variation on the OddCouple, involving a white person and a black person. Usually, the white person is a strait-laced by-the-book type, while the black person is a funky, urban type who doesn't have much respect for authority. Most commonly, [[TheyFightCrime they're cops]], assigned as [[BuddyCopShow partners]] after their old partners die/get disgusted and walk away. Generally, the two make a fairly good team if they can [[OddCouple work out the personality clashes]], with [[{{Foil}} the strengths of one covering for the weaknesses of the other]].

Salt And Pepper seems to be becoming subverted more often today due to increased racial awareness, so that it's the white person who's a rebellious hothead, and the black person is smart and savvy. Another common subversion is for the ''black'' guy to be uptight and the ''white'' guy to be relaxed. An alternate version is a pairing of a white character with a Hispanic character called a Cafe con Leche. Please note, however, that being two different races isn't enough for this trope. There must be some kind of contrast in their personalities for it to work.

For American media, this may be [[http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=cop_movie more common]] in the movies (''Film/LethalWeapon'', ''Film/DieHard 1 2 and 3'') than on TV as television shows often seem more segregated.

See also BlackBestFriend. IrishmanAndAJew is an older variation of this trope. If they're not different races, the trope is AllWorkVsAllPlay.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* A 2006 series of Twinings tea commercials in the UK featured the incredibly English StephenFry (the "face" of Twinings since 2005) running a tea shop with a JiveTurkey named Tyrone, who suggested the Earl Grey slogan could be "Feel the zing in your ding-a-ling!"
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The {{anime}} and {{manga}} series ''Anime/BloodPlus'' pairs thin, ultraserious, white David with fat, easygoing, black Lewis.
** However, despite his personality, Lewis tends to be [[CrazyPrepared on top of things]] and surprisingly competent.
** This also features a potential inversion/subversion with the reserved and serious (black) James and the flamboyant and affectionate (white) Nathan. Both are Diva's Chevaliers, but they never actually work together in battle. Still, if all the touching and flirting is anything to go by, Nathan certainly wants them to be an OddCouple.
*** ''BloodTheLastVampire'', the AlternateContinuity predecessor of ''Anime/BloodPlus'', features different versions of David and Lewis.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' gives us Urahara and Yoruichi, which play this trope straight and invert it. When it comes to their everyday personalities, Yoruichi is a vivacious [[TheTease flirtatious]] pepper while Urahara is a hard-to-read [[TricksterMentor trickster]] salt. However, when it comes to mentoring [[TheHero Ichigo]], Urahara is ''batshit insane'' white pepper of a SinkOrSwimMentor, while Yoruichi is a calm and controlled black salt whose tests, while equally dangerous, are a lot less wacky.
** Of course, Yoruichi's [[TrainingFromHell Bankai training]] for Ichigo was [[ZigZaggingTrope created by Urahara]].
* November 11 and April in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' are, respectively, a [[IncrediblyLamePun cool]], collected, and [[BadassInANiceSuit impeccably-dressed]] [[TheCharmer charmer]] and an easygoing black HardDrinkingPartyGirl and [[strike: dyes her hair bright blue]] has naturally [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair bright blue hair]]. They're antagonists, though.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]] (white martial arts master raised in an other-dimensional city) and [[LukeCageHeroForHire Power Man]] (wrongfully accused black ex-con living in Times Square and freelancing as a superhero) in the Marvel comic ''Heroes for Hire''. Both were created in the '70s during the kung-fu and {{blaxploitation}} crazes. Best OddCouple ever.
** From the same era are the Daughters of the Dragon: the asian Colleen Wing and black Misty Knight, combining inspirations from ''Series/CharliesAngels'' and ''CleopatraJones.''
** And ''The Defiant Ones'' gets another nod in the supervillains Hammer and Anvil, a pair of escaped convicts whose powers and lives are linked by the chain that binds them.
* ''QuantumAndWoody'' (uptight middle-class black guy, street smart white guy, sharing a power ala ''The Defiant Ones'') was a later take on the Power Man[=/=]Iron Fist idea by Christopher Priest, who used to write the comic. Quantum and Woody are even briefly shown dressed as Luke and Danny during a costume shop montage.
* ''{{Concession}}'' skewered this with a [[http://concessioncomic.com/index.php?pid=20070724 fake advertisement]].
* Tom and Sarah Dubois in ''TheBoondocks'' are an inversion. Tom is the straightest-laced character in the show; whereas Sarah, his white wife, is at least naughty enough to fileshare, and is irked by her husband's irrational fear of getting caught breaking the law.
* Marvel's Comicbook/CloakAndDagger.
* Also from MarvelComics is CaptainAmerica and his former partner TheFalcon. They don't team-up as often as they used to but they invoked this trope, although both are very straitlaced.
** There is also the [=USAgent=] and Battle Star, a b-list AntiHeroSubstitute to Cap and his African American partner. Agent is the more violent of the two while Battle Star is more sensible.
* ''GorskyAndButch'' - at one point they argued which of them should be the relaxed one. Generally, Gorsky (who, despite the Polish surname is the black one) tends to be the smarter and more experienced - except for his unfortunate tendency to walk right into every StereotypeReactionGag that comes his way.
* [=DC's=] Firestorm can be this ''all by himself'', since he's a fusion of two separate characters in a single body. The writers tend to like to pick distinctly different personalities (who may not even ''like'' each other much).
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[[folder: Fan Fic]]
* In ''Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements'', there are two notable subversions. With Travis and Milah, Travis is the straight-laced, by the book one and Milah is is the more outgoing, risk-taking one. The other subversion is that of Nasira and Hasim, Nasira being the straight-laced one and Hasim is the fun loving one, who while he doesn't go against the rules, is certainly more flexible when it comes to them.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The TropeNamer is 1968 movie ''Salt and Pepper'', starring Peter Lawford (as [[EpunymousTitle Christopher Pepper]]) and Sammy Davis Jr (as [[EpunymousTitle Charles Salt]]).
* The 1958 film ''Film/TheDefiantOnes'' follows escaped, shackled-together convicts Creator/SidneyPoitier and Tony Curtis, as their mutual hostility slowly turns into an unlikely friendship.
* Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo in Film/BriansSong. Brian is the loud goofy one while Gale is the quiet and reserved one.
* Agent J, played by WillSmith, and Agent K, played by TommyLeeJones, from the ''Film/MenInBlack'' movies and animated series (in the [[Comicbook/MenInBlack original comic]], both were white) are partners. Kay exhibits a very serious demeanor, rarely joking or smiling and giving very matter-of-fact responses. Jay has an energetic, enthusiastic attitude and refusal to strictly follow authority that Kay admired when he first met NYPD officer James Edwards who would become Agent J.
** This is occasionally lampshaded, such as K (TommyLeeJones) giving his name as "Mr. Black" and his partner (WillSmith) as "Mr. White"
* Further subversion in the ''Film/LethalWeapon'' series: the by-the-book (and black) Roger Murtaugh is nearing retirement from the police force, while new partner Martin Riggs is the eponymous lethal weapon.
** ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' did the same.
* Displayed in ''Film/RushHour'', except with the white character replaced by a Chinese character (Jackie Chan).
** Maybe it should be called Pepper and Mustard?
* Parodied in a ShowWithinAShow during ''MajorLeague 2'' called ''Black Hammer, White Lightning'', with a pair of Salt And Pepper-ish ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' wannabes. Featured such WittyBanter as this:
-->'''Black Hammer:''' Mine fell harder!
-->'''White Lightning:''' But mine were ''deader''!
* Given a [[CanadaEh Canadian]] twist in ''BonCopBadCop'', with a by-the-book Torontonian cop and a Montreal CowboyCop.
* Jack Cates and Reggie Hammond in the movie ''[[FortyEightHours 48 HRS]]''.
* Subverted in the movie ''Amos and Andrew'', with Creator/SamuelLJackson as uptight Andrew and Creator/NicolasCage as crazy criminal Amos.
* The comedic partnership of Creator/GeneWilder and Creator/RichardPryor.
** ''Film/SilverStreak'' has Wilder as the lead and Pryor as his sidekick.
** 1980's ''Film/StirCrazy'' was their first out-and-out buddy film.
** ''Film/SeeNoEvilHearNoEvil'' (1989)
** ''Film/AnotherYou'' (1991).
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' was intended to be another Wilder/Pryor pairing as the Waco Kid and Black Bart, respectively, but Cleavon Little ultimately received the Bart role, with Pryor remaining behind the scenes as co-writer.
* Robin Hood and Azeem in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' may qualify.
* And similar (being an AffectionateParody), ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' had the very British Robin Hood with Hatchoo, who is so JiveTurkey that he wears his hat backwards..
* Parodied beautifully in the ''Cleopatra Schwartz'' segment of ''TheKentuckyFriedMovie'', with the titular black woman (an over-the-top action hero) married to a mild-mannered Hassidic Jew.
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBhn8GAn2nk ''"While she burnt the ghetto to the ground, he light the sabbath candles by night."'']]
* ''Running Scared'' (1986), with {{CowboyCop}}s Hughes and Costanzo.
* Detective Virgil Tibbs and Sheriff Bill Gillespie from ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'', both the 1967 movie and [[Series/InTheHeatOfTheNight its 1988 TV show]].
* Reversed in ''The Man'', featuring all-business Samuel L. Jackson opposite trying-too-hard-to-be-cool-and-failing-horribly Eugene Levy, and used straight in two Queen Latifah movies: ''Taxi'', opposite Jimmy Fallon, and ''Bringing Down the House'', opposite Steve Martin.
* OsmosisJones is this, on a microcosmic level- Ozzy is a white blood cell paired with a cold pill. The voice actors being Creator/ChrisRock and DavidHydePierce make it apparent from first glance this is the trope they were implying.
* Samuel L. Jackson was paired with Geena Davis in ''TheLongKissGoodnight'', first as ScaryBlackMan and Scared White Captive, then it looked like it would be played straight, then it was inverted after Geena recovered her memory of being a pro assassin, and became scarier.
* James Belushi and Tupac Shakur in ''Gang Related''. Both corrupt cops, but Tupac's character is the more sensible of the two.
* Stretch and Spoon, played by Tupac Shakur and and Tim Roth in ''[[Film/{{Gridlockd}} Gridlock'd]]''.
* Police officer Ned Ravine and his black partner in ''FatalInstinct''.
* No less than three sets in ''KingOfNewYork'': drug lord Frank White (salt) and his right-hand goon Jimmy Jump (pepper), Frank's BodyguardBabes Melanie (salt) and Raye (pepper), and {{Rabid Cop}}s Denis Gilley (salt) and Tommy Flanigan (pepper).
* ''Rising Sun'', with Wesley Snipes and Creator/SeanConnery.
* John [=McClane=] and Zeus Carver in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance''. Subverted in that neither one of them have much of a respect for authority.
* ''Film/PulpFiction'' has the duo of Jules Winnfield (a ScaryBlackMan played by Creator/SamuelLJackson) and Vincent Vega (a soft-spoken, slightly dorky white guy played by Creator/JohnTravolta). Both are prone to moments of deep philosophical insight, leading to a lot of SophisticatedAsHell SeinfeldianConversation.
** Just to clarify, "Vega" can be a Russian surname instead of a Spanish one. So this isn't necessarily "Cafe Con Pepper."
* The 1985 film ''White Knights'' was a star vehicle for both the white (Russian/naturalized American) ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and the black (American) tap dancer Gregory Hines. In a subversion, the black character was much more cautious than the white character, who was bolder and a bigger troublemaker.
* A good example is ''The Color of Friendship'' about Mahree Bok, an snobby white South African who is excited about spending a semester in America and Piper Dellums, her black host family sister who is eager to get back to her African roots.
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' plays this straight on both sides of the conflict. Django, the {{Badass}}, works alongside GuileHero King Schultz, and [[BigBad Calvin Candie's]] slave Stephen is his DragonInChief. [[spoiler: Notably, both villains are disposed of by their same-race counterparts.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Literature/RobinsonCrusoe and Friday are probably the UrExample. It should be noted that Friday is actually ''not'' black in the original book: he's a Carib Indian from the Orinoco River delta region. (Crusoe's Caribbean island is in the mouth of the Orinoco.) But so many adaptations over the centuries have [[RaceLift Race Lifted]] him as black that most people [[PopCulturalOsmosis now think of him as such]]. Crusoe and Friday also share the traditional characteristics of this trope as a straitlaced, rather stodgy white man and his more vibrant, flamboyant brown sidekick.
* Detritus and Cuddy (and later Littlebottom) in Literature/{{Discworld}} are a troll/dwarf partnership. Trolls being naturally stone-cool, and dwarfs being fairly uptight.
* In the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, Chris Cwej and Roz Forrester. Roz is black, and is deeply cynical and ''usually'' the by-the-book type. Chris is white, and very idealistic.
* ''{{Stuck}}'''s leads, Tre and Nora. He's a black GeniusDitz with a [[BrilliantButLazy slacker complex]], while she's a white StepfordSnarker who can be uptight at times, [[MoodSwinger depending on her mood.]] They end up in a happy relationship (which has its ups and downs).
%% * Shaunee and Erin from ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Orange Is The New Black}}'': Janae and Yoga Jones. Crazy Eyes ''thinks'' she and Piper are this.
* ''Series/{{My Babysitters A Vampire}}'': Sarah and Erica
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Wes and Gunn, who notably reversed roles during the show's run. Wes started out as a strait-laced, tightly-wound British stereotype and evolved into a brooding, morally ambiguous badass, while Gunn started out running a vampire-hunting street gang but later, thanks to some AppliedPhlebotinum, became a sharp-suited lawyer.
* ''BakersfieldPD''
* ''Series/BetterOffTed'': Phil and Lem. Got a LampshadeHanging in one episode, when Ted was using salt and pepper shakers to represent them. They were at first confused about which one was which, but then Lem (the black one) decided he was pepper because he was spicy. Phil agreed that he was "salty, like a sea captain. Not a true example, however, since their personalities are close to identical. (And neither is spicy or salty.) Lem is slightly cooler, but only in the way that Screech might be slightly cooler than Urkel.
* They're not partners, but the central characters of ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' otherwise fit the contemporary inversion. Jake Peralta (white) is the wisecracking goofball, and Captain Ray Holt (black) is by-the-book and so stoic he's compared to a statue. The show's marketing particularly plays up their OddCouple status. That said, Holt isn't entirely humourless and, in the second Halloween episode, [[spoiler: epically out-pranks Peralta and revels in it.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Riley and Forrest in Season 4. They're close friends and fellow demon-fighters in the Initiative, but while they start off company men it's Riley who begins to question authority and Forrest who remains committed.
** Buffy and Kendra are the inversion - Buffy is a PopCulturedBadass who does things her way, while Kendra is by-the-book one and doesn't seem to have been allowed much of a life outside slaying.
* ''Series/CommonLaw'': Plays this straight with Detectives Travis Marks and Wesley Mitchell. Travis (black) is unpredictable and frequently ignores the rules, while Wes (white) is straight-laced and by the book.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'':
** One funny parody had Larry Wilmore making this a DiscussedTrope in regards to Barack Obama's search for a vice presidential running mate. Film clips illustrated how over the years black leads have been teamed up with [[Film/FortyEightHours cops]], [[Film/WhiteMenCantJump nerdy guys]], [[Film/IAmLegend dogs]], "[[Film/BlazingSaddles Gene Wilder]]...[[Film/SilverStreak Gene Wilder]]...[[Film/StirCrazy Gene Wilder]]...It was a different time." This leads into a further discussion of the MagicalNegro trope (as in ''The Green Mile'', ''The Legend of Bagger Vance'', and ''Kazaam'') as it would apply to Obama.
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'': Occasionally Jack Carter and Henry Deacon, and sometimes Allison fills in the pepper. His de facto pairing with Jo Lupo also gives us a Cafe con Leche.
* ''HillStreetBlues'': Reversed memorably, with the rational, mild-mannered black cop Bobby Hill (played by Michael Warren) teamed with loud, white, redneck Andy Renko (Charles Haid.) These uniformed patrol officers were shot and presumed dead in the 1980 pilot episode, but the charismatic pairing appealed to both the producers and audience. Hill and Renko returned to duty from a prolonged hospitalization in time for the first season of ''HillStreetBlues'' and were a mainstay of the series throughout its run.
* ''ISpy'': Although as with ''MiamiVice'', they're both equally cool.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'': The seasons featuring Briscoe and Green. And then Fontana and Green. And now Lupo and Bernard. It goes back further than that -- the very first A.D.A.s, Stone and Robinette.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': The seasons featuring Munch and Jefferies or Munch and Tutola.
* ''Series/MadTV'': One sketch spoofed this trope in a bit called "Night and Day", about a male black cop forced to partner with an albino woman. They learn to work together while taking cover in the villain's lair, conveniently fronted by a blackboard and whiteboard factory.
* ''Series/MiamiVice'':
** Crockett and Tubbs would belong to this trope if they weren't ''both'' cool.
** The show also had another occasional salt & pepper combination in [[EthnicScrappy Ethnic Scrappies]] Izzy (hispanic) and Noogie (black), both of whom were two of the worst [[JiveTurkey Jive Turkeys]] ever to appear on the screen. Possibly their worst moment was when they shared an ADayInTheLimelight episode with ThoseTwoGuys Switek and Zito, causing the [[TheScrappy Scrappy-o-Meter]] to go off the scale.
** Not to mention the heroes' [[DistaffCounterpart Distaff Counterparts]], Gina and Trudy (also hispanic and black).
** Parodied in ads for Bacardi rum featuring "Bacardi and Cola", where Bacardi was the white guy and Cola (naturally) the dark fellow.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'': Jack and Sky are something of an example here. The African-American's a chaotic former [[JustLikeRobinHood Robin-Hood type]], the white guy's ''excruciatingly'' [[ByTheBookCop by the book]] in comparison (one episode had him "letting his hair down" in a birthday party setting by unbuttoning the top button of his uniform collar). They're also cops, and frequently have to work together. Keep in mind though, that their personalities were based off Ban Akaza and Hoji Tomasu, respectively, from ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger''. Given that it's [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience Power Rangers]], it goes a step further with the [[RedOniBlueOni red/blue]] motif although it's still important to note that there are three other Rangers on the team.
* ''Series{{Psych}}'':
** The main characters are the laid-back, street-smart white Shawn and his uptight, eminently nerdy black partner Gus. This was even played upon in a commercial for the show, where they performed "Ebony and Ivory" together.
** Also, the "Black and Tan" episode. Gus was Tan, Shawn was Black. [[Main/EverythingIsRacist And how dare you assume otherwise.]]
** The one time Gus was allowed to come up with the aliases, all he could think of was "Gus Brown and Shawn White," as it happens.
** Shawn is laying out the set-up of a restaurant in "Shawn Gets the Yipps". He says that everyone in the restaurant is an object:
--->'''Gus''': Let me guess. I'm the pepper, you're the salt.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** Although this show is set in the far future where contemporary notions of race may not apply, the extremely uptight Rimmer (played by white British actor Chris Barrie) and the laid-back, slobby Lister (played by half-West-Indian half-Irish Brit Craig Charles) fulfill this trope. (You could probably also throw in Holly and the Cat.)
** Try contemporary notions of ''species.''
** However, Lister wasn't written specifically as a "black character". In fact, when the show's creators first wrote the script they imagined him as looking a lot like ChristopherLloyd in ''{{Taxi}}''.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Turk and J.D, although they're really both giant dorks - Turk is only the "cooler", more grounded one by comparison.
** There's also Turner and Hooch (a black and white surgeon duo brought together by Turk and J.D. for [[Film/TurnerAndHooch the pun on their names]]) and a Cafe con Leche pairing in Elliot and Carla. Season 9 introduced the Salt and Pepper pairing of Captain Melvis Duncook and Lieutenant Frank Underhill, campus security for Winston University.
* ''TenspeedAndBrownshoe'': This 1980 Stephen Cannell creation starring Jeff Goldblum as Lionel Whitney, a karate-chopping ex-stockbroker private-eye wanna-be that takes all his inspiration and advice from Mark Savage, a fictional character in a series of 40's style detective novels (Stephen Cannel's photograph appeared on the dust jackets as the author of the books). Thrown together in the pilot episode with his co-star, Ben Vereen, playing E.L. Turner a street-wise hustler and con-man, in a caper after E.L. steals a million dollars from the mob, which the mob had gotten by fencing Nazi diamonds. This gets both the mob and the Nazis after him and a confused Lionel, who is about to be married, and whom both groups believe to be E.L.'s partner. 14 episodes were made and this was Jeff Goldblum's only major television role until ''Raines'' and ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' in TheAughts.
* ''TheUnusuals'':
** Detective Leo Banks and Detective Eric Delahoy - basically ''Film/LethalWeapon''-lite.
** Also a Cafe con Leche in Detective Henry Cole and Detective Allison Beaumont.
* ''NorthernExposure'': White Chris Stevens and his black half-brother Bernard. The hook being that they are pretty much ''exactly'' the same guy, right down to being born on the same day. One episode even revolves around Bernard beginning a relationship with one of Chris's ex-lovers - and she can't detect any difference between them in bed.
* ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': Plays a variation with Pembleton and Bayliss. Black Pembleton is a tightly wound intellectual with an unforgiving set of morals. White Bayliss was nakedly emotional and always wanted to see everyone's viewpoint.
* ''ThirdWatch'': Officers Davis and Sully. Also an example of a Vet/Rookie pair.
* ''Series/HumanTarget'': InvertedTrope by the supporting pair of Guerrero & Winston. Winston's the black retired cop, Guerrero's the white semi-retired criminal. Also opposites in size, since Chi [=McBride=] is about a foot taller and a good bit wider than Jackie Earle Haley.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Ryan and Esposito. SeamusDever and JonHuertas actually call them this.
* ''{{Teachers}}'': The first three series had a variation with Brian, who was white, and Kurt, who was Asian. Kurt was, usually, more intelligent, although Brian seemed to 'wear the pants', probably because he was a lot taller. When they were replaced in the fourth series, we got Damien, who was black, and Ben, who was white, although Damien was Brian's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute while Ben was Kurt's, although with the slight difference that Damien was perhaps more intelligent than Ben. [[SeasonalRot Not that it really mattered in the end]].
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Wash and Zoe are an inversion. Zoe is a black woman and loyal soldier who cannot be persuaded to stop calling Mal "sir;" Wash is the eminently laid-back white-guy pilot who tells Zoe that if she has a problem with his plan she should tell him instead of just letting Mal call that shots. The two are HappilyMarried.
** Interestingly, whether Zoe is salt or pepper is dependent on what's happening and who she's with. With Mal she's the [[ScaryBlackMan silent deadly warrior]] while he's the rowdy and adventurous gunslinger.
* ''ListenUp!'':
** This short-lived sitcom played this trope straight with Jason Alexander as an uptight white television presenter (complete with wife and daughter who didn't respect him) and Malcolm-Jamal Warner as his too-hip-for-words black sports star co-host.
** This was actually based on a real pairing. Alexander's character was based on New York-based sportswriter Tony Kornheiser (who the show's concept happened to be based on) while Warner's character was based on Chicago-based sportswriter Michael Wilbon. The two actual persons have had a show together on ESPN (''Pardon the Interruption'') for nearly a decade.
* ''FlashForward2009'': Did a white guy/Asian guy variation on this, with Mark being the introverted and brooding (and unfortunately prone to holding the IdiotBall) white guy and Demetri being the more HotBlooded and impulsive and competent of the pair.
* ''{{Degrassi}}'':
** Had JT and Liberty. JT, the white one in the pairing, was humorous, relaxed, and not very smart. Liberty was a teen genius, didn't have a sense of humour, and was always worrying. They end up falling in love.
** Also there is the friendship of Jimmy, the cool guy who can rap, dance, and play basketball, with the Spinner who's tough but can't dance because he's white. It's an AvertedTrope with Hazle who tries to be just like Paige.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': The episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E20TheScienceOfIllusion The Science of Illusion]] has Annie and Shirley acting as campus security.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Creator/AngelCoulby and KatieMcGrath make a striking pair as [[{{Foil}} Morgana and Guinevere]]. The latter worked as the former's maid-servant, and where Morgana is passionate, high-strung and easily corrupted, Gwen is down-to-earth, practical and calm.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Often features this with [[TheSmartGuy Hardison]] and [[TheBigGuy Eliot]].
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Pulled this off (inadvertently probably) with [[TheCaptain Captain]] Sisko, the BaldBlackLeaderGuy, and his [[NumberTwo second-in-command]] the Sassy ''White'' Woman, Major Kira. In the late 24th century where the show takes place, it's fairly certain race and even gender don't carry the same meaning as they do today, but as with most things ''Franchise/StarTrek'', they are other parallels within the show reflecting contemporary issues. Sisko is a career Starfleet officer while Kira is a hero of guerrilla warfare. And while initially they butt heads, they come to find they both are fiercely loyal to justice, and both will tolerate absolutely no crap from anyone. Even each other.
* ''TheFlipWilsonShow'': In 1972, George Carlin was a guest on this Creator/{{NBC}} show, and he and Flip did one of Carlin's mock news telecasts. Carlin was Harry Salt, Wilson was Phil Pepper, and together they presented ''The Salt & Pepper Report'':
-->'''Pepper''': The new movie "Willard" is not doing well in ghetto theaters. Patrons say if they want to see rats, they can stay at home.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' has a personality reversed version of this with Bonnie and Caroline. Bonnie is the African-American cool-headed [[HypercompetentSidekick capable]] witch, and Caroline is the short tempered, [[LoveableAlphaBitch blonde]] GirlyBruiser.
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[[folder:Music]]
* [[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul [=McCartney=]]] performed ''three'' hit duets with an equally famous black performer in [[TheEighties the early '80s]]:
** "Ebony and Ivory" with Music/StevieWonder
** "Say Say Say" and "The Girl Is Mine" with Music/MichaelJackson
* "Easy Lover" by PhilCollins and Philip Bailey.
* JulioIglesias has performed the following:
** "My Love" with Music/StevieWonder.
** "All of You" with DianaRoss. (Also a mixed gender example.)
* A mixed gender example: "I Knew You Were Waiting" by Music/ArethaFranklin and Creator/GeorgeMichael.
* "Riding With The King" by Music/EricClapton and B.B. King.
* "Eenie Meenie" by Music/JustinBieber and Sean Kingston.
* A European pop duo played with this. Calling themselves [[http://stagevu.com/img/thumbnail/xsojjaflbxbdbig.jpg Milk and Honey,]] they consisted of the blond, German Anne Ross (Milk,) and the dark-haired Algerian Manel Filali (Honey.) Their video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYaNbGOZ9tE "Habibi"]] is probably the best example.
* The two [[TheFaceOfTheBand faces]] of Music/TheProdigy: Keith Flint (salt) and Maxim Reality (pepper).
* Music/MuddyWaters and Music/TheRollingStones, live in Chicago in 1981.
* ''Salt And Pepper'' by HarryChapin is an aversion, although the title is accurate - just differently interpreted. The ''Salt'' is a retired sailor (i.e. an "old salt") and his wife, ''Pepper'', is infamous for her hot temper.
* Sometimes shows up in HipHop. Some notable examples include.
** Houston rappers Paul Wall and Chamillionaire
* "Over and Over" Nelly ft. Tim [=McGraw=].
** Bad Meets Evil, composed of Music/{{Eminem}} and Royce da 5'9
** The two remaining members of Massive Attack, 3D and Daddy G.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The A.P.A., [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield Bradshaw]] and [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Faarooq]] are probably wrestling's most most famous example. Bradshaw is the fun loving BoisterousBruiser from Texas and Farooq is the no-nonsense ScaryBlackMan from Georgia. When they are not beating people up (usually for money, since their gimmick was being hired muscle), they are most likely seen in the back [[TheAlcoholic drinking beer]] and playing poker.
* Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys are another good example and another interesting subversion. Both of them are dumb, bumbling buffoons who are low on social grace and manners. Though in TNA, Bubba in particular does subvert his character even further by becoming somewhat of a GenreSavvy MagnificentBastard who is able to manipulate the powers that be.
** Starting about 2010, this all changed when the brothers split and Bubba (now known as "Bully Ray") experienced a FaceHeelTurn. Now Devon (the black one) is a thuggish but still pretty cool guy, while Bully Ray is a loudmouth and coward whom everybody hates. Their racial contrast is no longer important, other than the fact that Devon is now good friends with the JiveTurkey D'Angelo Dinero (at least until the latter messed with his kids).
** Subverted again, after Bully Ray revealed himself to be the BigBad of the biker gang [[DeadMansHand Aces&8s]], of which Devon was already a member.
* At ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} November to Remember 95'', there was a {{tag team}} match with [[Wrestling/JimFullington the Sandman]] (Salt) and [[Wrestling/TooColdScorpio 2 Cold Scorpio]] (Pepper) vs. [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} the Public Enemy]] (Salt and Salt.) Before the match, there was a dance contest. Scorpio danced well. Sandman...didn't.
* [[Wrestling/{{Ivory}} Ivory (Lisa Moretti)]] as the manager of the black {{Face}} tag team of [[Wrestling/MarkHenry "Sexual Chocolate" Mark Henry]] and [[Wrestling/DLoBrown D'Lo Brown]].
* For a surprisingly long time, Wrestling/BookerT and Wrestling/{{Goldust}} were a successful tag team, with Booker (the black one, if you didn't know) playing the more serious half, while Goldust was, well, Goldust.
* In Future Of Wrestling, viewers were presented with the pairing of [[Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter Antonio Banks]](Pepper) and Punisher(Salt), who also doubled as BigGuyLittleGuy, even though Banks wasn't that little just because Punisher was so big. Banks was the more outspoken and sarcastic of the two, plus he had ''Malcolm X'' tattooed on his chest, playing this trope pretty much straight.
* In Wrestling/{{WWE}}, [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam The World's Greatest Tag Team]]. A subversion in that Shelton Benjamin (the black one) is the relatively straight one (though he's still an insufferable self-centered ass), and Charlie Haas (the white one) is a veritable JiveTurkey (to quote Rory, one of the Highlanders, "I didn't know Charlie Haas was black!"). When they were working for Wrestling/KurtAngle, however, their personalities were pretty much interchangeable.
* Several times in the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance, including many of the other examples listed on this page. Two of the more successful examples also worth mentioning are world tag team champions Skull Krushers and The Dark City Fight Club both cases having Keith Walker and Jon Davis being the more serious salt to their pepper counterparts Rasche Brown and Kory Chavis.
* Averted by Wrestling/{{LayCool}}, the heel Diva team of Layla El and Michelle [=McCool=] that terrorized ''[=SmackDown!=]'' from 2009 to 2011. Although Layla was of mixed race (North African and European) and Michelle was white, as a team they more or less behaved the same way [[AlphaBitch (snobby and obnoxious)]]. Before they teamed up, however, they each played the trope rather straight: Michelle was prim, while Layla was spunky.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''{{TheLastOfus}}'': Ellie and Riley
* Emperor Uriel Septim's bodyguards, The aggressive and on-edge Imperial named Glenroy and calm and friendly Redguard named Baurus, in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''.
* [[StopHelpingMe Zip]] and [[TheScrappy Alister]] in ''[[Franchise/TombRaider Tomb Raider: Legend]]''.
* Jonathan Ingram (white) and Ed Brown (Black) in ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'', as direct reference to ''Lethal Weapon''. Ed is older, but other than that they're pretty much exactly as wacky as each other.
* The ''TalesSeries'' loves to play around with this one, which is fitting as several of its games ''really'' get into the guts of race, and discrimination, tropes and often end up subverting or deconstructing the crap out of them.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' features the mages Keele, a DeadpanSnarker who always has to have the last word and more or less exemplifies TheSmartGuy and Meredy, [[TheDitz the ditzy]] [[ManChild seven year-old living in a teenage body]]. Eventually deconstructed when it's revealed that a) Meredy knows a ''lot'' more than anyone realises: she just doesn't "get" [[ValuesDissonance Inferian culture]] (due to coming from a world that's very far down the "Emotions" side of EmotionsVsStoicism), and b) [[DarkAndTroubledPast the reasons as to]] ''[[DarkAndTroubledPast why]]'' [[BreakTheCutie she became such a]] {{Cloudcuckoolander}} [[BreakTheCutie are horrifying]]. [[spoiler:Her family was betrayed and she was forced to watch her mother cross the DespairEventHorizon: becoming an EldritchAbomination possessed by a GodOfEvil.]]
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' has multiple examples:
*** [[TheHero Stahn]] being a naive, silly but [[WideEyedIdealist well-meaning]] white pepper to [[TheWisePrince Woodrow]] / [[{{Woolseyism}} Garr's]] calm, collected black salt.
*** Stahn is the Salt when he's paired up with [[BoisterousBruiser Kongman]][=/=][[DubNameChange Khang]]... but only because [[LargeHam Kongman]] [[UpToEleven out-hams absolutely everybody]].
*** Another inversion happens with Woodrow and [[GenkiGirl Chelsea]]. He's still the BadAss yet [[TheSmartGuy wise]] black salt to her hyperactive, fangirlish white pepper.
*** [[ClassyCatBurglar Rutee]] and [[TheBigGirl Mary]] are a played-straight example. Mary is also shown to have this dynamic with [[spoiler:her husband]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Tales of Destiny 2]]'' gives us another inversion. [[TheHero Kyle]] is a HotBlooded white KidHero who will ''not'' stop harping on about [[ToBeAMaster how he's going to be a true hero]] some day. [[TheLancer Loni]] is a much calmer ChivalrousPervert BigBrotherMentor BlackBestFriend who generally tries to keep Kyle out of trouble with mixed results. Loni has a similar dynamic with his love interest, the FieryRedhead Nanaly.
*** Played straight with the villains; [[BigBad Elra]][[TheEvilGenius ine]] and [[TheDragon Barba]][[TheBrute tos]]. However, this one proves ''very'' much that TropesAreNotBad because it was the latter who went on to become a MemeticBadass (in hindsight, Creator/NorioWakamoto's voice may have helped) while Elraine is largely forgotten by the ''Tales'' community.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'' is ''another'' inversion. [[TheBigGuy Eugene]], the closest thing the 'verse has to a ScaryBlackMan, looks like the pepper but turns out to be an [[OnlySaneMan extremely sane]] TeamDad. The whites, on the other hand, are varying degrees of IdiotHero, HotBlooded and LeeroyJenkins. This evades the potential MarySue problem, however, through the fact that the naive idealism of the latter ends up saving the day just as many times as the former's logic. Furthermore, after the DiskOneFinalBoss, [[spoiler:Eugene becomes infected with its negative emotions and it's revealed that his wise, stoic personality is being deliberately invoked by him to try and desperately suppress the rage that's building up due to all of the FantasticRacism.]]
*** A played-straight example from the same game is Saleh (salt) and Tomah (pepper). However, in this case they ''both'' run around the world [[KickTheDog kicking puppies]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulating innocents]] and [[BreakTheCutie tormenting anyone they can victimise]] [[ForTheEvulz just because they can]].
*** Played with with the Halfs (yes, they're the same race, but it MakesSenseInContext) [[SixthRanger Hilda]] and the darker-toned [[BrokenBird Militsa]]. Hilda is a white pepper effectively trying to pass as salt, while Militsa is a black salt who clearly wishes she could be more peppery but just finds it easier to bottle everything up and be a by-the-book PunchClockVillain. The dynamic continues even after Hilda's HeelFaceTurn.
** It's different ''planets'' as opposed to ethnic backgrounds in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', but Lloyd Irving, who is steadfastly committed to his principles of goodness and righteousness, and Zelos Wilder, a ChaoticNeutral ChivalrousPervert, clearly have the makings of this trope going on. In the same vein, so do LoveFreak Colette and ActionGirl Sheena.
*** In terms of race, the elf Genis is the salt to Lloyd's pepper. [[spoiler:This dynamic continues even after Genis is revealed to be a Half-Elf.]]
** Yet ''another'' villainous example occurs in ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia''. Interestingly enough, both are {{Big Bad}}s but don't work together so much as one plays off the other's mistakes to further their goals; making for an exploitive inversion of how the trope is usually meant to work. Of the two, Vaclav is the AmbiguouslyBrown brawler who has no regard for even the rules of his own country, never seems to have much of a plan beyond "Kill 'em all and let the flames sort it out" and has a much more relaxed attitude (although he's far from AffablyEvil). The pasty-skinned [[spoiler:Maurits]], on the other hand, is a textbook [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] who exploits the flaws in Vaclav's plans to lay the foundations for advancing his own goals. A straight, heroic example would be [[TheSmartGuy Jay]] and [[ChivalrousPervert Moses]].
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' gives the the cool, calm and collected white hero DeadpanSnarker Yuri and his SixthRanger, the AmbiguouslyBrown ChivalrousPervert Raven. [[spoiler:This dynamic is flipped around when it's revealed that Raven is TheMole and is actually the {{Badass}} [[TheStoic Stoic]] Captain Schwann. Or Schwann is his SplitPersonality... Yeah, it's kinda hard to pin down.]]
** For exactly the same reasons as [[spoiler:Lloyd and Zelos]], [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia Jude and Alvin]] are an inversion. Played straight with Milla and her LoonyFan Ivar, although ultimately deconstructed as her being so salty results in her refusing to take him seriously due to his extremely peppery nature, [[spoiler:resulting in what is basically the mother of all fuck-ups as the DragonWithAnAgenda's BatmanGambit goes off without a hitch.]] [[CharacterDevelopment They both learn from it]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' plays it straight with the naive but well-meaning and culturally-loyal ([[FromACertainPointOfView well, from her perspective]]) Merrill and the [[AmbiguouslyBrown Ambiguously Bronze]] pirate Isabela, who is both [[IncrediblyLamePun savvy]] and totally unconcerned with anyone's rules but her own.
* Even though 90% of its characters are PettingZooPeople, ''BreathOfFire2'' still has a straight example with Nina and Katt. The former is a lawful, almost Caucasian-like BlackMagicianGirl while the latter is a darker-furred HotBlooded ActionGirl. She averts being her universe's equivalent of a SassyBlackWoman, however. She's too busy being a heroic BloodKnight.
* Aya and Daniel in VideoGame/ParasiteEve.
* In ''[[Creator/ZapDramatic Ambition]]'', the black Yale cheats on his white wife Helen with the also white Angie.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' and sequel episodes: Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance (although by her facial complexion, Alyx's mother could have been white or Asian). Gordon is the [[HeroicMime Strong Silent Type]]; Alyx is a TomBoy who does all the talking.
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* The Rankers [[FieryRedhead Quant]] and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Lero-Ro]] from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', who also double as HeterosexualLifePartners. They serve as a RedOniBlueOni duo, where Quant, a DarkSkinnedRedhead is a very impulsive, boisterous manchild and Ro is a quiet, reserved pretty boy. They also count as inseparable, so that when one quit, the other got fired. [[InvokedEnforcedTrope In that order.]]
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* Roommates black Toni Chandler (Chaka) and white Nikki Reilly (Fey) in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. Chaka is also way more relaxed about their mutual problem, while Fey is wound tight enough that she accidentally pops out hobgoblins regularly.
** Also Chaka (smart-alecky black girl) and Bladedancer (Tao-driven Oriental girl), most blatantly when Bladedancer went home with Chaka for Christmas.
* ''WebAnimation/DorisAndMaryAnneAreBreakingOutOfPrison'' has features the white Doris and the black Mary-Anne. Doris is a TalkativeLoon whose escape plans frequently slip into outright insanity. Mary-Anne is TheStoic who can only sit in reserved silence as her cellmate rambles. At the end, [[spoiler: Doris serves her full sentence, and Mary-Anne is implied to break out]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', there are two Salt And Pepper pairs -- Lenny and Carl, and Lou and Eddie. Though none of them seem to be funky or by the book; they're more "barely competent" and "not that bright all around".
** Inverted with Lenny and Carl, in that Lenny is a slacker and Carl seems to have it more in control.
** There is also Richard and Lewis, two of Bart's playground friends from school.
** The Simpsons also had another pair on the show within a show "Police Cops".
** Also [[TheAhnold Rainier Wolfcastle's]] series of [[ShowWithinAShow McBain]] movies had [=McBain=] and Skowie.
*** Played for a one-off gag when Bart is convinced to enroll in a class by a stereotypically cool black guy who promises it will turn him "from sloppa to proper." The class turns out to be called "The Proper Young Man" and is taught by a middle-aged, [[IAmVeryBritish very British woman]]. When Bart complains, she replies "Are you accusing my husband of misleading you? Good heavens, [[SophisticatedAsHell I ought to bust a cap in your ass.]]"
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', with a JiveTurkey robot cop, partnered to a white human.
* Josh and Brittany in MrMeaty. Brittany is an African girl who's very popular, and well-liked. She hangs out with Ashley and Ashley 2. Though she's not as shallow as the two girls, and the smartest of them. Josh is the slacker. he's into making monster films, music, and talking to girls. In the last few episodes before series cancellation, it's revealed he likes Brittany. In subsequent (aired OOO), Brittany speaks to him in school, and he slams his hand in his locker door, then follows after her. They go on a date to the movies, where they make out, and in last episode, Josh refers to her as his girlfriend. [[spoiler: He later, in the episode preceding the last, tells her he loves her. She feels the same, and they hug.]]
* Parodied when one episode of ''CloneHigh'' involved the Gandhi clone and the George Washington Carver clone making a buddy cop movie, in which they played strait-laced, Harvard-educated Leon Black (Carver) and Tandoori Jones (Gandhi), "...a typical Indian cop who plays by his own rules: none! Together they are ''Black and Tan!''"
* Numbers 2 and 5 of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''; though 5 is general the street-wise ''and'' straight one, with 2 largely being a book-smart wannabe.
** Taken further in the DistantFinale. [[spoiler: They're married.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' features the inversion with uptight [[MilitarySuperhero ex-marine]] John Stewart/Green Lantern paired up with [[FunPersonified goofball]] Flash.
** Stewart also ends up in a [[spoiler:(maybe) temporary]] relationship with BoisterousBruiser Hawkgirl.
* On ''TotalDramaIsland,'' the lanky white nerd Harold with SassyBlackWoman Leshawna, though they were never a team until Total Drama Action. He also has a huge and obvious crush on her which she seems to eventually reciprocate.
* Parodied as well as being a ShoutOut to Film/MenInBlack on ''JohnnyTest'' with (white) Mr. Black and (black) Mr. White.
* ''StaticShock'' with Static being the funky, quick-tongue, while Gear was the more calculative and nerdy one.
** They were both pretty nerdy actually, and Richie only became smarter with his power, whearas before Virgil was much smarter.
* There are more than a few shades of this on ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' when Goose and Doc are paired up. It also helps that Doc is a high-class gentleman and TheSmartGuy while Goose is an ArtificialHuman designed for combat.
* ''X-Men: Evolution'' had a ''rivals'' version of this trope between the calm but less formal black Storm and the ladylike but tantrum-prone white--or rather, ''[[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation light blue]]''--Mystique.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Since 2009, President UsefulNotes/BarackObama and Vice President UsefulNotes/JoeBiden. One might even call this an InvokedTrope, since Biden was seen to bring wisdom and experience to Obama's energetic "Change"-based campaign. [[InvertedTrope On the other hand]], Obama is the one known for measured speaking and compromise, while Biden is known for a chronic case of [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud foot-in-mouth disease]].
* Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, the (white) starting quarterback and (black) top wide receiver for the 1992 Dallas Cowboys football team. Aikman liked country music and beer, while Irvin was into hip-hop and marijuana (plus a few other things probably best left unmentioned here!). But they had a real rapport both on and off the field, inspiring Aikman to quote the lyrics to Paula Abdul's then-popular song "Opposites Attract" to explain their relationship.
* Brigadier General RobinOlds, [[YanksWithTanks USAF]]. An AcePilot who flew P-38s and P-51s in WorldWarII, he went on to fly F-4 Phantoms in TheVietnamWar, alongside his wingman, a black pilot (and future [[FourStarBadass four-star general]]) named Daniel James, Jr. They had the nickname of "[[{{Pun}} Blackman and Robin.]]" Together, they were responsible for Operation Bolo, a mission where F-4 Phantoms would [[AWolfInSheepsClothing pretend to be F-105 Thunderchiefs]] on bombing missions, pouncing on North Vietnamese [=MiGs=] that thought they had an easy kill coming. The success of this operation lead to the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing being known to this day as the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Wolfpack.]] James was the more straight-laced of the two, with Olds being a legendary MilitaryMaverick...hence James reaching a higher rank before retiring.
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