Playing With / Black Best Friend

Basic Trope: A black character that is used simply as a means to make the white character look better. The black will usually have no personality whatsoever.
  • Straight: Bob has made friends with Jon simply because he's black and wants to look good.
  • Exaggerated:
  • 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.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob genuinely made friends with Jon because they had similar interest.
    • Jon made friends with Bob because he's white.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob made friends with Jon simply to look good, but have become close to each other.
  • Double Subverted:
    • However, it turns out Bob was just using Jon to look more accepting.
  • Parodied:
    • 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 introduced as a sore Black Best Friend of Alice, but as time goes on, Alice starts befriend other character while Betty becomes less of a sterotypical trope and is revealed to have deeper characterization and motivation other than helping Alice, plus Betty having her own company. Nevertheless, Betty and Alice are considered and/or proven to be the best of friends.
  • Averted:
    • 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
  • Defied:
    • 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: ???
  • Implied: Alice's best friend, Betty, is Ambiguously Brown.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • 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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