Playing With / Soul Brotha

Basic Trope: A black character who personifies the Rule of Cool.
  • Straight: Bob is a black man who talks slang, dances smoothly, and knows how to kick ass perfectly.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is a afro-haired black man who is so cool that every white woman in the world would Squee! whenever they saw him.
  • Downplayed: Bob is a black man who, while cool, is not as cool as the rest of the cast.
  • Justified: The story is made of Rule of Cool
    • The story was made to appeal to black people.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Alice is a Soul Sista.
  • Subverted: Bob acts and looks cool, but everyone thinks he's a loser.
    • Bob certainly looks cool, but he has no personality or appeal whatsoever.
  • Double Subverted: ...because they're secretly envious of his personality.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: We meet several characters that look and act like Bob, all of them of different races, but Bob is still considered the coolest of all.
  • Averted: Bob is black, but not to the point of being either cool or nerdy.
  • Enforced: The author makes Bob, an already existing character, to be black in order to make the cast more diverse.
  • Lampshaded: "If you want to talk about the coolest person in the world, he's black."
  • Invoked: Bob doesn't like his nerdy personality, so he decides to make himself cool.
  • Exploited: Bob already has the style, so he decides the play the part of a cool guy.
  • Defied: Bob looks at people perceived as cool and says to himself "Nah, that style doesn't suit me".
  • Discussed: "You know Bob, you already have a nice personality, I bet if you changed your clothes and learn a couple of moves you'd be a lady killer".
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: By having a character charming, stylish and badass, the show becomes very popular with black people, and for very good reason.
  • Reconstructed: Bob (and by extension the authors) uses his personality and popularity to send a message about how everyone can be cool.


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