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->''"Hey there, other black person in the room. Wanna engage in a little... desegregation?"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick,''' [[LampshadeHanging pointing this out]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}''

When the writers want to give the token minority a love life, but are in a bind because either A) most of his options are already taken, or B) the writers ([[ExecutiveMeddling or producers]]) would rather avoid the controversy of interracial romance. Thankfully, the latter isn't much of an issue anymore, [[MalignedMixedMarriage although it hasn't entirely gone away]], but there remains some instances of "LikeGoesWithLike" in fiction.

This comes in two varieties:

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

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

It is Administrivia/NotASubversion if the lovebirds are different minority races. For example, it's been a pretty common Hollywood practice since the 90's to give a black male lead a Hispanic girlfriend, to avoid the MinorityShowGhetto (or the perception of strict racial divides if the show has an ensemble cast), but without the cultural baggage of pairing him with a white woman.

Homo/bisexuality is the most common non-racial variant. This can be tricky, since a same-gender love interest must by necessity be sexually compatible, so the key thing to look for is if their relationship develops at a realistic pace and the character is subtly introduced, or if Billy Queer just pops up and is clearly going to get in the token gay's pants. But if the show features two gay/bi characters with no real connection to each other and no reason to start dating, it's another straight example if they get in bed.

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

It is unnecessary to list aversions, since that tends to mean rattling off the character's entire dating history.



!!!Tailor-Made Partner

* Chuck and Nancy, Frankie and Maria, and several one-shot couples from ''Franchise/ArchieComics''.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in an issue of ''The ComicBook/NewMutants''. Dani tries hooking up Karma with a lesbian they meet at a coffeehouse, and Karma is offended on principle.
* An exampled mixed with PairTheSpares appears in ''Comicbook/TheChildrensCrusade''. Patriot ([[LegacyCharacter now the new]] ComicBook/CaptainAmerica) is randomly paired up with Samantha Wilson, a [[RememberTheNewGuy previously unseen]] relative of ComicBook/TheFalcon.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', within five minutes of coming out as a lesbian, Karolina Dean was paired off with Xavin, a genderfluid Skrull prince.
* In ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'', all of the men Michonne has been in a relationship with have been fellow African-Americans.
* 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).

* In the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' film this overlaps with PairTheSpares as some of Bella's friends are given a RaceLift, pairing minorities Eric and Angela (Asian and Hispanic respectively) and white Mike and Jessica. What's more is that Eric initially pined for Bella, who went with the white Edward (and Eric's crush subsequently vanished).

* ''Literature/TheBabysittersClub'':
** ''The Babysitters Club'' did this in one of the Super Specials where a Japanese boy was introduced as a SatelliteLoveInterest for Claudia.
** Similarly, Jessi went on a trip outside Stoneybrook once and met Quint, a black SatelliteLoveInterest.
* 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.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Every time ''Series/TheLoveBoat'' guest-starred a black female and not a black male, said black female would be after Isaac and/or vice-versa.
* This is done in ''Series/HogansHeroes''. When a black woman turns out to have access to secret Nazi plans, she also turns out to have been the high school girlfriend of Kinchloe (the only black member of the group). They make out at the end of the episode.
* 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.
* Subverted on ''[[Series/FlashForward2009 Flash Forward]]''. Stan Wedeck, who is black, is accused by one of his adversaries of having had an extramarital affair. Later, we meet the woman in question, who is also black. This, along with the friendly way they greet each other when he visits her apartment, implies the accusation is true. But it turns out [[spoiler:the actual affair took place between the woman and the President of the United States, who is white. Stan merely helped cover it up.]]
* Mocked by quite a few watchers and reviewers of ''Series/VampireDiaries'' - at the start of Season 2, a hot black guy appears, and everyone immediately goes "Riiight, he's so it looks like Bonnie has a love life as well as the others." Of course, [[spoiler: he died]].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** On the ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' episode "The Visitor", the alternate future version of Jake Sisko marries a black Bajoran woman, the only black Bajoran to be seen on the show outside of blink-and-you'll-miss-it actors in the background.
** And what about Jake's father? His first ''and'' his second wife are black. And most of his love interests. (Even the ''[[RubberForeheadAliens alien]]'' he crushed on in "Second Sight" was black.)
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Geordi LaForge]] also once had a black alien love interest. Subverted with his crush 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.
** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok's]] wife also had a rather dark complexion. This could be a result of the show's creators realizing that the notoriously sunny, arid planet Vulcan would favor a darker skin tone - most times you see a Vulcan in Voyager or Enterprise, they at least have a decent tan. However, barring some minor background extras and bit characters (such as a Vulcan midwife in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' and a council member in ''Film/StarTrek2009''), the only other significant black Vulcans in the franchise's history, before or since, are Tuvok's wife and son.
* 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.
* Lampshaded on ''Series/{{Glee}}'' when Kurt tries to set up Mercedes on a date. She notices that he's "One of five black guys in the school" (even though Lima's over a quarter black in real life) and is not impressed.
** Later there was Shane, Mercedes' jock boyfriend whomcshe met between seasons two and three, though things got complicated once her first boyfriend Sam came back to [=McKinley=] High.
** Played straight with Kurt and Blaine. When we first meet Blaine, even if you weren't following all the online rumors and whatnot, it was clear that he would inevitably end up as Kurt's boyfriend. And when Mercedes hangs out with them, she pictures them both saying "[[BlahBlahBlah gaygaygaygaylittlepursegay]]", complete with mentions of favorite Vogue magazine covers and discussing Patti [=LuPone=]'s new book. Thankfully, Blaine has since developed beyond just being Kurt's boyfriend, to the point that he had better chemistry with the other members of New Directions than Kurt ever did. The writing staff tried to give a red herring by saying Kurt was going to get a boyfriend who was a new character but, implied that it was ''Sam''. Then his intro episode happened. [[{{Jossed}} Hilarity ensued.]]
** In Season 4, Artie starts dating Emma's niece Betty, who's also in a wheelchair, even though he was already dating Sugar in a relationship that ''didn't'' reek of this trope.
%%Mike and Tina are listed under Independent Partner.
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' are more and more clearly following this trope. Every single lesbian that shows up on the show turns into a love interest for Emily, including one who at first bullied Emily and ''held her head under water''. The patterns seems so far to be unaffected by her whether or not she even is single at the moment.
* In ''Series/CombatHospital'', Suzy Chao seems to have been introduced only to give Bobby Trang a love interest.
* Parodied on ''Series/LittleBritain'' where Lou sets up Andy on a date with a disabled woman, believing they will get on wonderfully since they both use wheelchairs. Andy dislikes her, and when Lou leaves them alone, Andy gets up and pushes her wheelchair down a slope.
* In ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' Simon's friend Nigel says that there's a desirable girl in his class who could have picked anyone to be her boyfriend and she picked him. Comes to find out that she's black like him.
* Season 8 of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' has an episode where Connor, who's black, helps get KC and Clare, who are white, together. In gratitude the writers give him a black girl as admirer. It's like when Liberty (non-token black) is rejected by Sean but in the end she finds out that his black friend likes her.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' seemed to be setting Derek Morgan up with a black woman who was involved in one of the cases, even though they didn't seem to have much chemistry, but she hasn't been seen for a while. It would be nice if the show would stop tiptoeing around things and just set him up with [[TechnoWizard Garcia]] - they've been flirting pretty much since the show began.
* On Series/{{ER}}, Peter Benton's relationship with fellow surgeon Elizabeth Corday fizzled because actor Eriq [=LaSalle=] didn't like what he felt were UnfortunateImplications--that his character had previously had lousy relationships with two other black women, yet now had a functional one with the white Elizabeth. Sure enough, the following season, a black female doctor was brought on to be his love interest, despite them having zero chemistry (but very similar personalities).
* ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. Robert E. was the town's sole black resident. . .until Grace came to town and they fell in LoveAtFirstSight.
* Soaps often do this as well.
** In ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'': Bonnie and Derek (the only two black characters) were paired up.
** If a gay character showed up, chances are they would be introduced as a love interest for Luke (and always male, of course) or his boyfriend Noah to cause tension in their relationship, though sometimes they were just introduced as a friend.
* ''Series/PairOfKings'' was setting up Brady with Mikayla in the first series, but there was no one for Boomer ... until the prom episode brought in another black character as a love interest for him.
* On Series/TheBigBangTheory, when Penny sees Raj's(Indian) ex-girlfriend Lucy(White), she comments to the other girls "For some reason, I always pictured her as Indian." Bernadette tells her flat out "That reason's called racism." At the end of the episode, Penny agrees to set Raj up with one of her coworkers, who's Indian. (They end up not dating, because Raj was a little messed up at the time, but Penny was definitely and admittedly trying to invoke this trope.)
** This trope is {{Lampshade}}d again in another episode, where the guys are trying to find a girl to distract Sheldon's rival Dennis Kim.
--> '''Howard''': We need a hot fifteen year-old Asian girl with a thing for smart guys.
--> '''Penny''': [[MistakenForPedophile What]]?
--> '''Leonard''': Howard, that's racist. Any fifteen year-old girl will do the trick.
* ''Series/WhatILikeAboutYou'' introduces a love interest Jill for the black Gary in Season 1. She's also black. He is shown to have had a crush on Val for a few years, but nothing comes of that and all Val's love interests are white. But subverted majorly later on when he hooks up with [[spoiler: Tina, who is white]].
* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' had a tendency to only pair the three female leads up with white love interests. Despite living in San Francisco, the majority of their love interests were white. All of the sisters marry white guys, while the token black character Darryl is married to the black Sheila. The only minority love interests for the sisters were the Asian Mark from "Dead Man Dating" for Piper and the black Mason in "Enter the Demon" for Paige.

* The 1939 Broadway musical ''Too Many Girls'' paired up its two Hispanic characters, Pepe and Manuelito. Interestingly, the movie cast had the non-Hispanic Ann Miller opposite Desi Arnaz (making his screen debut).
* From ''Theatre/ShowBoat'', we have Joe and Queenie, the two main black characters.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Bumblebee basically flirts with Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} in every episode she's in, despite the fact that the two never shared a romance in the comics. WordOfGod insists [[RelationshipWritingFumble it was unintentional though]]. They knew people were going to ship them because they're both black and tried to make the ship as unappealing as possible by having them constantly bicker, but their bickering just came off as SlapSlapKiss instead, especially since both characters are naturally playful and competitive.
** 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.
* ''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|Trope}} in other cases though. Jerrica is the girlfriend of the AmbiguouslyBrown Rio and Aja (who is asian) is dating Craig (who is white).
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'''s Layla and her AmbiguouslyBrown fiancé Nabu. Layla was introduced in season two and Nabu late in season three, and it was established at their first meeting that they had a lot in common. But while Layla was an obvious fit into The Winx Club, Nabu didn't fit as easily into the boys' group, especially since he was the only non-Specialist. He wasn't even seen hanging out with them until season four, where he became [[spoiler:the first main character of the series to die for real]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama,'' [[LatinLover Alejandro]] (Hispanic) and [[AlphaBitch Heather]] (Asian) have a strong case of BelligerentSexualTension. (Despite being different races, it counts best as Tailor-Made Partner--Alejandro was introduced after Heather and is repeatedly played up as her [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]].)
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' [[{{Parodied}} parodies]] [[DeconReconSwitch and then reconstructs]] this trope--a black girl named Nicole moves to town, and racist Cartman immediately decides that she has to get together with [[TokenMinority Token]], previously the only black kid in school. At first Token won't even speak with her to avoid this trope, but eventually Cartman manipulates them to get together, only for Nicole to break up with Token when she misinterprets evidence of Cartman's plan to mean that Token was invoking this trope. Eventually Cartman manages to manipulate them ''back'' together, and the two decide that not dating over their shared race was just as bad as dating only because of their race.
* {{Discussed}} on ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''--Junior meets a couple who says that he's be perfect for their neighbor's granddaughter, and he wonders if that means she's also black or also fat. Roberta suggests both, which is fine with him. ("I ''like'' [[ChubbyChaser fat]] black girls!")

!!!Independent Partner:

* Ryu and Chun-Li from Malibu's ''[[ComicBook/MalibuComicsStreetFighter Street Fighter]]'' comic, due to Chun-Li being the only prominent female character in the series (this was way before Cammy, Sakura, and Rose were introduced in the games).
* The infamous pairing of ComicBook/{{Storm}} and the ComicBook/BlackPanther. It's been outright stated by Creator/ReginaldHudlin, the writer of BP at the time, that he married them because they were the "two most prominent black characters in Marvel." Prior to this, they had met in an issue of ''Marvel Team-Up'' that made it clear that while there was an attraction between them when they were teenagers, they'd both moved on since then. When they met again in Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}}'s ''Black Panther'' run, it was once again clear that while there was a spark between them, they weren't destined to be together. Then suddenly under Hudlin, it was {{Retcon}}ned that they'd been the love of each other's lives since forever.
* Storm and Bishop have never been more than just friends, but this has not stopped fanfiction pairings of the two.
** Storm broke up with Forge (a Cheyenne) not that long after Bishop joined the team, prompting speculation that Storm would become involved with Bishop.
* ''ComicBook/GenerationX'' was just as bad with this. It's as if someone was forcing the kids to date along color lines. Synch and [[AmbiguouslyBrown Monet]] were arbitrarily paired off despite hints of romance with Asian Jubilee (though it did add fire to the girls' rivalry), and there's no plausible reason why Husk put up with Chamber's self-loathing for so long when she had a much healthier friendship with Latino Skin, other than the fact that they're both white.
* Reptil got hit with both categories of this trope in ''Comicbook/AvengersAcademy''. He was initially paired up with Anya Corazon aka Spider-Girl ([[AbortedArc this was dropped rather quickly, however]]), and later ended up with the [[CanonImmigrant newly-introduced]] ComicBook/WhiteTiger. Through the most of the series however, he's pursuing a white girl, Finesse, and only starts getting together with White Tiger after accepting everything between them is over.
* Lampshaded in an issue of ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', where Congorilla tries to pair his friend Starman up with Tasmanian Devil. He later admits that as far as he knows, the two men have absolutely nothing in common other than both being gay.
* The ComicBook/YoungAvengers' Hulkling and Wiccan might be immensely popular, especially among GLBT readers, but there's no shortage of fans of any persuasion who would like to know ''how'' they fell in love, instead of taking for granted that the two gay boys on the team would automatically get it on.
** Though to be fair the boys are shown to have a lot in common, such as their similar taste in comics, movies, and television, similar moral values and senses of humor. Basically, they're both huge nerds who value family, friendship, and crime fighting so it makes sense that they would like each other.
** One of the reasons why Creator/KieronGillen, writer of ''Young Avengers'' vol.2, made the team's SixthRanger (former member of [[ComicBook/NewMutants New X-Men]], Prodigy) come out as bisexual was his dislike for this trope. As he put it:
-->"Seeing a gay character in a book is one thing, but if thereís only one gay character on the team, you donít get to do any stories based around active pursuit of their sexuality. You have two characters? Your romance is limited to do they do it or do they not? Add at least one more, and the matrix becomes more complicated. Thereís a different sort of dramatic potential there, from the classic love triangle to something a little more subtle and everything in between."
** It's later implied by Comicbook/{{Loki}} that Wiccan may have subconsciously used his powers to make Hulkling fall in love with him, though this is never confirmed. And of course, it's [[ConsummateLiar Loki]].
* The situation in Silver Age superhero teams with just one female member was often somewhat comparable, although here at least the token female had a choice. But what really were the odds that e. g. ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} would fall in love with Marvel Girl, who was not only the only female [[ComicBook/{{XMen}} X-Man]], but also the only woman with whom he had any social contact at all due to the [[MarriedToTheJob responsibilities of being the team leader]]?
* In ''ComicBook/XStatix'', the writers of the X-Statix movie felt it was more "appropriate" for the Anarchist to get together with Venus Dee Milo in the movie. While this is mainly so they can hold the ConflictBall with her boyfriend the Orphan, it's implied that they got pushed together by ExecutiveMeddling because they're both black.
* When Aquagirl first joined the Comicbook/TeenTitans, it seemed like she was being {{Ship Tease}}d with Comicbook/{{Static}}. However, as soon as Bryan Q. Miller took over, he decided to put her in a LoveTriangle with Comicbook/BlueBeetle (who like Aquagirl, is Latino) and Traci 13.
* Franchise/ArchieComics has Nancy and Chuck. They were created five years apart. Nancy is something of a SatelliteLoveInterest to Chuck and rarely appears without him. They are still a couple in ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' [[spoiler:however Nancy is cheating on im with Ginger. Ginger and Nancy count as well as Ginger is latina.]]

* In ''Film/TheMatrix'' films, there's a lot of this. Neo (white) ends up with Trinity (white), while Morpheus (black) only has one strongly implied relationship- Niobe (black), whose implied former love interest was Jason Locke (black). Link (black) is married to a black woman too, and Dozer's (black) widow is also black. Switch (white) with Apoch (white) in the first film too, and Mouse's (white) attraction attraction to his own fictional "ideal woman", the Woman in Red (white).
* Subverted in the 2000 adaptation of ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost''. While Maria and Dumaine are both played by black actors, they instead fall in love with Longaville and Katherine respectively (as the play has it), both of whom are played by white actors.
* Lampshaded by Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard's characters in ''Film/GrandCanyon'' after Kevin Kline acts as matchmaker for both of them. On their first date they realize that they're probably the only two black people he knows and laugh about it.
* Notably averted in ''Film/LoveActually'', as none of the minority characters are paired with other minorities. Aurelia (Portuguese) is paired with the white Jamie, black Peter marries white Juliet, white Sam's love interest is black Joanna and minor character Tony (black) makes a love connection with a white girl called Carla. Though if you want to get technical, the two characters from the American continent - Sarah (American) and Karl (Brazilian) do hook up.

* In one of the ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' novelisations, Sabrina gets jealous when Harvey shows interest in a Chinese transfer student and suggests to Mark Wong that he date her since he's Asian-American. [[SubvertedTrope He coldly replies "do you only want to date people from the United States?"]] The subversion becomes even more pronounced when he becomes Sabrina's love interest for that book (though they don't actually hook up - Sabrina was still with Harvey at the time).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', The fandom has a tendency to ship Matt/Mercedes--the two black characters in the first season--before Matt was PutOnABus, and Tina/Mike, the two Asians.
** Tina/Artie begin as this, shipping the two "disabled" members of the Glee Club together. In fact, Artie is explicitly attracted to Tina for her disability (stuttering), thinking they had a shared empathy. Subverted when she reveals she had been faking the stutter all along.
** In the second season, Tina dumped Artie for Mike over the summer when they both worked at "Asian Camp". What makes this a particularly annoying example is because their race was almost never brought up in the first season. They were two kids in the club who happened to be Asian. Come Season 2, it became [[{{Flanderization}} all they ever talked about]] before being dialed back in Season 4 when they broke up.
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'': Jimmy and Hazel. It doesn't help much that Hazel [[FlatCharacter really doesn't do anything.]]
** It's unfortunate that their relationship was treated as such because, despite the fact that they were both black, they actually came from very different backgrounds. Jimmy was rich and very Canadianized. Hazel was a Muslim from Somalia.
* Mickey and Martha in ''Series/DoctorWho'' were revealed out of nowhere to have gotten married in their final appearance. While their personalities do in fact make a good match for each other, the facts that they had a neglible amount of screentime together, both of them are black, and Martha dumped her white fiancé Tom offscreen make it look like this trope. Unintended, UnfortunateImplications.
** That Mickey was Rose's boyfriend, but she chose the Doctor over him, and Martha pined after the Doctor, who didn't notice and was hung up on Rose, makes this PairTheSpares, while Rose and the Doctor being white adds to the unintended, UnfortunateImplications.
** Allegedly the relationship between the two of them was going to be developed in ''[[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]'', but then neither of the actors were able to appear in it.
*** Also in the same episode Donna Noble marries a black man. All signs make it clear that this was supposed to be the end result of the character development they would have gotten if they had been cast members on Torchwood. It's just an unfortunate coincidence that invokes this trope.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': The only two minorities in the main cast (aside from the much-older and already-married Montgomery) are suddenly together one episode, with no mention of prior attraction. In fact, this is the first time we see them interacting one-on-one. It's then revealed that everyone else knows about it... despite no one ever referencing it before. Seeing as how everyone else is in some sort of relationship at the time, it's also a case of PairTheSpares.
* Chad and Taylor from Disney's ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'', both the respective BlackBestFriend of the main couple.
* Parodied in a Saturday Night Live sketch, where a couple tries to hook up their wheelchair-bound friend with a woman they think will be perfect for him, who just so happens to also be in a wheelchair. Naturally this leads to a lot of awkwardness, but the two actually end up getting along wonderfully (once they start discussing their wheelchairs).
* Turk (black) and Carla (Hispanic) on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Significant in that both are the only minority characters in the main cast.
** It's a lot more... blatant... in the first episode, where Turk hits on Carla (and only Carla) the moment they meet.
* Spoofed in ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' when Pam becomes obsessed with hooking up her gay workmate Oscar to the handyman who comes to the office, after she finds out he's also gay. "Yes, they're the only two gay people I know. But I think they belong together."
** In a later episode, Pam sets up her Indian American pediatrician with her Indian American co-worker Kelly. She insists she paired them up not because they were the same race but because she wants to get Kelly out of her destructive relationship with Ryan.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'': Luis and Maria. Susan and Gordon (though they were already married when the show began). Averting this trope was one of the reasons Gina and Savion were paired up in a semi-romantic friendship, and [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_3140 an episode]] specifically dealt with the problems it might cause.
* Tom (Indian American) and Ann (AmbiguouslyBrown) on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', though only for a brief time and overshadowed by the WhatDoesSheSeeInHim factor. Ann is a StraightMan and [[InformedAttractiveness considered hugely attractive by everyone]] while Tom is a sleazy CasanovaWannabe. Their relationship mostly consisted of Ann trying to convince Tom to cut out his usual antics and gimmicks with Tom completely failing to get the message. Fans pretty much spent the entire arc waiting and hoping for the inevitable breakup.
* Shirley (who is black) actually [[PlayingWithATrope Plays With]] this trope in one of the early episodes of ''Series/{{Community}}''.
-->'''Shirley''': I don't see why you and Britta aren't together. Two cute white people going to school together just seems right.
-->'''Jeff''': Shirley, we're not pandas in a zoo.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Nothing to do with {{Shipping}}, but this principle also appears in ProfessionalWrestling: there is a maxim that, if a promotion features two black wrestlers, they will always either be in a tag team together or feuding against one another. Even in 2008, the (black) Shelton Benjamin was the man chosen to feud against the debuting (and so black he ''rapped'' his way to the ring) R-Truth.
* This extends to the women too. {{Wrestling/Naomi}} and {{Wrestling/Cameron}} were the only two black girls in FCW and got paired together in a team, later getting called up to be Wrestling/TheFunkadactyls. Notably when ''Series/TotalDivas'' got started and they feuded with the Latina Wrestling/BellaTwins, two new Divas got put with each of them. The Bellas got the obviously Latina Wrestling/EvaMarie, while the Funkadactyls got [=JoJo=] - who is Latina too but [[LatinoIsBrown looks more like a light-skinned black girl]].
* Wrestling/AliciaFox has managed to subvert this. Although lighter-skinned, she's clearly black, and has been paired with white Superstars such as {{Wrestling/Edge}} and Wrestling/ZackRyder. She did get some ShipTease with the black Wrestling/BookerT, but the attraction was started by them using the same FinishingMove (the scissors kick) rather than race.
* It seemed a little odd that when Wrestling/SashaBanks was called up, she was put in the Team BAD stable with {{Wrestling/Naomi}} and Wrestling/TaminaSnuka. While the latter two had good reason to be in a stable (they're in-laws, Naomi marrying one of Tamina's cousins), the only apparent reason for Sasha to join them was because she was black as well. What's more is that the Wrestling/BellaTwins (Latina) had Alicia Fox (black) in their stable, whereas Team PCB was made up entirely of white girls.
* 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.

* Parodied in ''Webcomic/KidRadd''. The TokenMinority is a black man who in his original game was a shopkeeper, and since he was always behind the shop counter, the lower half of his body was never animated--he levitates instead. He's paired not with another black, but with a nurse who's similarly half-nonexistent. (And yes, there is a joke about the [[MermaidProblem physical disadvantages]] of this pairing.)
** IIRC, they actually showed that their lower halves (or rather, any part of their body that goes below their waists) are simply ''invisible'' (or possibly in {{Hammerspace}}), [[PowerPerversionPotential which only raises further questions]].
* Subverted outright in ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'', when the two known lesbians in the cast meet each other, find that they have nothing in common, try to make it work anyway, and it turns into a giant disaster when everyone finds out [[spoiler: Angel doesn't consider Thea her girlfriend, is cheating on her, and isn't taking precautions against [=STDs=] with either partner]].
* {{Parodied}} in ''WebComic/DumbingOfAge'' [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/03-answers-in-hennessy/perfect-for-each-other/ here]]. Go ahead, try to guess what Joyce's roommate looks like.
** Then again, when the two actually meet:
-->'''Joyce:''' Yeah, when I met him, I thought I should introduce you. But I was worried that'd be...racist because you two are both black.
-->'''Sarah:''' Joyce, I don't care if it dissolves the 13th Amendment--if a boy looks like ''that,'' you ''[[PrecisionFStrike fuckin']] introduce me.''
-->'''Joyce:''' Noted.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* MassEffect, surprisingly. In true PairTheSpares manner, if the player neither romanced Tali nor Garrus, they hook up with each other at the end of Part III. Justified insofar as they're both not just the only constant non-human members of Shepard's crew, but the only ones in general (apart from Joker) who are with you for the entire franchise; so it's logical they would have had enough time to get to know each other. (Also, they have the same amino acids as each other; coming into contact with proteins from any of the other species would result in allergic reactions)

[[folder:Web Original]]
* 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Wade + Monique in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "The Cupid Effect," though it was played entirely for laughs. They were, at the time, sixteen and eleven, but it was a [[PrecociousCrush one-sided schoolboy crush]] on an older woman. Wade picks up a girl-of-the-week his own age at the end of the episode, who's white.
* Some episodes of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' had the title character's BlackBestFriend, Gerald, paired off with another major minority character Phoebe, who's half-Japanese and half-white.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** Candace's Asian friend Stacy is paired with Jeremy's BlackBestFriend Coltrane. Her BoyOfTheWeek LoveInterest in "The Secret of Success" is also AmbiguouslyBrown.
** Likewise [[BollywoodNerd Baljeet]] (Indian) has had romantic interests in the form of his old childhood friend [[SheIsAllGrownUp Mishti]] (also Indian) and [[ScoutOut Ginger]] (unspecified Asian}. He also seems to have a crush on Isabella, who is [[InformedJudaism Jewish]] ''[[TwoferTokenMinority and]]'' Hispanic ([[ButNotTooForeign not that you can tell either very easily]]). Apparently averted with Wendy, his love interest in the Christmas special, who seems to just be white. (And yes, he's quite the {{Kidanova}}, isn't he?)
* Wheeler and Linka, the only white Planeteers on ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|and the Planeteers}}''.
** This pairing was incredibly subversive, but not for racial reasons. Linka came from the Soviet Union, Wheeler from the United States, and the show started a little before the end of the Cold War...
* For WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'s classmates Mack and Jodie, this seems to be the only thing keeping them together. Mack often feels neglected by Jodie due to her mountain of responsibilities, but not once does he ever explore other options, nor do any of his female classmates make those options known. Are we sure these are teenagers? But then again, there's a reason why his fanfic nickname is [[PositiveDiscrimination St. Mack]].
** Possibly also keeping with the intentional PositiveDiscrimination both were stuck in being nearly the only black people in Lawndale. It's not much of a stretch to consider that while they genuinely like each other, their PD cred would be gone and become labeled as sellouts if either dated interracially.
* When Comicbook/{{Blade}} guest-starred in a two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderMan'', the writers gave him some serious ShipTease with Terri Lee, including two separate kissing scenes.
* GreenLantern (John Stewart) and Comicbook/{{Vixen}} in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' might have counted, had Stewart not already been involved with, then had a mutual breakup with, Hawkgirl. (Which doubled as an InterspeciesRomance.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Braceface}}'', Brock (black) and Maria ([[TwoferTokenMinority half Asian, half Italian]]) hooks up in the second season.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** A subtle, sci-fi example when ComicBook/{{Superboy}} and [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Miss Martian]], the two alien team members, hook up.
** In season two they've had an OffscreenBreakup, and now M'Gann is together with Lagoon Boy. Possibly unintentional, but they're both green.
** For a whole season, no one was attracted to Aqualad, a black guy. Then Rocket, a black girl, joins the team near the end of season one and shows interest in him. However, the trope was averted since the relationship never went beyond a one-sided crush on Rocket's part.
*** Though prior to this, Aqualad was attracted to Tula, who was white. She ended up with Garth, Aqualad's white best friend, creating much angst for poor Aqualad.
** The trope is averted at least twice: After a season's worth of {{UST}}, Kid Flash (white) winds up with Artemis (half-white, half-Vietnamese). [[spoiler:Her sister Cheshire]] is shown to be still married to, but separated from, Red Arrow post-time-skip. Their parents, Paula and [[spoiler:Sportsmaster]], also avert this, though they are broken up now.
* Ramone (Latino) and Flo (black) from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''.
* Jacobo (Hispanic) and Tasumi (Asian) on ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements''.
* 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 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]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', Nino (whose family comes from Morocco) and Alya (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.).