: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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