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Playing With: Black Best Friend
Basic Trope: A white character spends the majority of his/her time with a black character.
  • Straight: Alice, the lead has a best friend named Betty who's always there when she needs someone to give her encouragement or discouragement.
  • 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:
    • 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.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice hangs out with Betty an awful lot...along with the rest of her friends.
    • Alternately Betty is a Big Bad Friend who works for the Big Bad
  • Double Subverted:
    • However out of all her friends, Betty is the one Alice is closest and most intimate with.
    • Betty is actually a Reverse Mole who tricks the Big Bad
  • 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: ???
  • 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: ???
  • 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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