Playing With: Sassy Black Woman

Basic Trope: A Black woman with a serious attitude problem, usually Played for Laughs.
  • Straight: LaTonya is a particularly petulant, cocky and upfront black girl.
  • Exaggerated: LaTonya responds to everything with a flurry of hand gestures, circling her head and an offended facial expression.
  • Downplayed: LaTonya is sassy and daring, sometimes even humorous, but never confrontational nor overbearing.
  • Justified:
    • LaTonya grew up in a setting where having an attitude was necessary to avoid getting trampled on and has now integrated this mindset to her daily behaviour.
    • The show is a Jive Turkey making fun of stereotypes.
  • Inverted: LaTonya is a Fragile Flower.
  • Subverted:
    • LaTonya only acts like this in the workplace or at school but it turns out she's a much warmer and considerate person in private...
    • LaTonya meets Mei Lang, a petite Asian woman, who happens to be have an even bigger mouth than her and who can actually shut her up...
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...that is, unless someone starts an argument, in which case it's good ol' sass-ay LaTonya again!
    • And then Mei Lang crossed the line, prompting LaTonya to confront her harder than before.
  • Parodied: LaTonya was clearly Bullying a Dragon.
  • Zig Zagged: LaTonya can act quite sassy... but only to people who actually deserve it. If you don't deserve it, she won't give you any attitude at all.
  • Averted: LaTonya isn't necessarily more sassy than anybody else on the show.
  • Enforced: "Everybody loves Black women with a nasty attitude. If we put a Black woman on the show, let's make her that way".
  • Lampshaded:
    • "OH NO!! Yo think I'm gonna take that shit lyin' down? HUH-HUH!! I ain't acceptin' dat! I am woman, I am black, hear me sass."
    • "Have you ever noticed how LaTonya seems to be this total stereotypical sassy black chick all the time?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Realizing she'll end up being a clone of Mo'nique or Queen Latifah, LaTonya decides to practice self control and calm herself into not being too angry.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "I swear, this show seems to be on a mission to use as many black girl stereotypes as it can."
  • Deconstructed: LaTonya only acts this way as a defense mechanism against her verbally abusive peers. Really, she wishes to be subtle and gentle, but she never has an opportunity to let down her guard.
    • Because of this trope, anytime LaTonya gets angry, everyone chalks it up to 'sassiness', even when she has something to be seriously angry about. LaTonya ends up feeling isolated and ignored by her peers.

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