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Playing With: Some of My Best Friends Are X
Basic Trope: A person argues s/he is not a bigot because s/he has friends who belong to the group s/he scorns.
  • Straight: Alice makes an offensive joke about tropers. When Bob calls her out on it, she retorts that some of her best friends are tropers.
  • Exaggerated: Alice demands tropers be rounded up and killed, and replies to criticism by noting that every single one of her friends is a troper.
  • Downplayed: Alice, generally a Perpetual Frowner, always glowers a bit more strongly whenever a troper comes into the room ... using the example of a troper with whom she had a pleasant four-minute conversation in a bar last week to deflect criticism.
  • Justified: Alice has had a hard time with tropers for most of her life giving her ingrained prejudices towards them, but has a few troper friends who don't reflect these prejudices.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice mentions the few troper friends she has and Bob calls her out for mentioning them. Then Alice makes an offensive joke about them as a retort.
    • Alice glorifies tropers. When Bob questioned it, she retorts that some of her worst enemies are tropers.
  • Subverted:
    • Turns out that Alice really is a troper herself. Or Alice doesn't have any troper friends. Or she isn't really anti-troper, just bad at jokes.
    • "Hey, some of my friends are... You know what, never mind. It doesn't matter because I'm not prejudiced."
  • Double Subverted: The next time Alice gets really angry, it's at Alexandra, a troper, whom Alice has always really hated.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Alice makes negative comments about tropers that use their identity as part of troper culture as the punchline; other times she doesn't mention that they're tropers at all.
  • Averted: Alice makes no attempt to defend herself. Or says that all her close friends are non-tropers.
  • Enforced: "We need a quick and easy way to portray the anti-troper as a hypocrite."
  • Lampshaded: "I've heard so many closet anti-tropers use that line."
  • Invoked: Alice makes friends with tropers to make use of that excuse.
  • Exploited: Alice makes sure to know exactly how many troper friends she has to defend herself if she says something untoward.
  • Defied:
    • Alice doesn't say what she thinks about tropers out loud.
    • Alternatively, Alice is about to use this Stock Phrase, but decides that it would be too cliche and uses something else to her defense instead.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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