Playing With: Black Best Friend
Basic Trope: A white character spends the majority of his/her time with a black character.
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- Straight: Alice, the lead has a best friend named Betty who's always there when she needs someone to give her encouragement or discouragement.
- 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 obligatory sidekick.
- Double Subverted:
- After befriending Betty, Alice takes out a list named "Obligatorily Ethnic Acquaintances" and checks off the point labeled "Black Friend".
- Betty is blatantly caucasian, 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, Salt and Pepper."
- Invoked: Alice meets Betty, and the two of them instantly hit it off as best friends.
- Exploited: Bob gets his friend Betty to set him up with her best friend Alice
- Betty firmly asserts that she has her own motives in mind and won't be a pawn in some affirmative action quota.
- Alice wants nothing to do with Betty and vice versa.
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: ???
- This may be a case of Positive Discrimination, depending on how it's played out. (i.e. if Betty is a Mary Sue)
- It's clear that Betty's entire existence revolves around Alice; depriving her of 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. She eventually calls Alice out on her self-centeredness and breaks off their friendship.
- Betty isn't a Mary Sue 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.
- Alice realizes how single-minded she has been and does her best to make it up to her.
- Played For Laughs: Salt and Pepper
- Played For Drama: Alice and Betty's world is pretty racist, and people don't approve of their spending time together, which takes a toll on their friendship.
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