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See also BlackBestFriend. IrishmanAndAJew is an older variation of this trope. If they're not different races, the trope is AllWorkVsAllPlay.

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Subtrope to RedOniBlueOni. See also BlackBestFriend. IrishmanAndAJew is an older variation of this trope. If they're not different races, the trope is AllWorkVsAllPlay.

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* ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' had this with Punky and Cherie, especially during the last two seasons.


* Even though 90% of its characters are PettingZooPeople, ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' still has a straight example with Nina and Katt. The former is a lawful, almost Caucasian-like BlackMagicianGirl while the latter is a darker-furred HotBlooded ActionGirl. She averts being her universe's equivalent of a SassyBlackWoman, however. She's too busy being a heroic BloodKnight.

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* Even though 90% of its characters are PettingZooPeople, {{Beast M|an}}en, ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' still has a straight example with Nina and Katt. The former is a lawful, almost Caucasian-like BlackMagicianGirl while the latter is a darker-furred HotBlooded ActionGirl. She averts being her universe's equivalent of a SassyBlackWoman, however. She's too busy being a heroic BloodKnight.

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** Played with in the case of Detectives John La Rue (white) and Neal Washington (black). Most of the time they were ''both'' the hip, wisecracking type: Neal was just better at knowing when to quit while he was ahead and when to keep his smart mouth ''shut'', whereas John's CowboyCop tendencies, [[TheAlcoholic drinking problem]] and other personal issues repeatedly put his career on the line.


* At ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} November to Remember 95'', there was a {{tag team}} match with [[Wrestling/JimFullington the Sandman]] (Salt) and [[Wrestling/TooColdScorpio 2 Cold Scorpio]] (Pepper) vs. [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} the Public Enemy]] (Salt and Salt.) Before the match, there was a dance contest. Scorpio danced well. Sandman...didn't.

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* At ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} November to Remember 95'', there was a {{tag team}} match with [[Wrestling/JimFullington the Sandman]] (Salt) and [[Wrestling/TooColdScorpio 2 Cold Scorpio]] (Pepper) vs. [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} the Public Enemy]] (Salt and Salt.) Before the match, there was a dance contest. Scorpio danced well. Sandman...didn't. Although, in his defense, this was clearly [[StylisticSuck intentional]].


* ''Series/BlackMirror'': Yorkie and Kelly on the episode 'Black Mirror.' Yorkie is white, introverted, dorky to the point of wearing glasses she doesn't need in a virtual reality world, and wants to live forever; Kelly is black, outgoing, confident, and wants to live life while it lasts.

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* ''Series/BlackMirror'': Yorkie and Kelly on the episode 'Black Mirror.'San Junipero.' Yorkie is white, introverted, dorky to the point of wearing glasses she doesn't need in a virtual reality world, and wants to live forever; Kelly is black, outgoing, confident, and wants to live life while it lasts.

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* ''Series/BlackMirror'': Yorkie and Kelly on the episode 'Black Mirror.' Yorkie is white, introverted, dorky to the point of wearing glasses she doesn't need in a virtual reality world, and wants to live forever; Kelly is black, outgoing, confident, and wants to live life while it lasts.


* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'':
** Had JT and Liberty. JT, the white one in the pairing, was humorous, relaxed, and not very smart. Liberty was a teen genius, didn't have a sense of humour, and was always worrying. They end up falling in love.
** Also there is the friendship of Jimmy, the cool guy who can rap, dance, and play basketball, with the Spinner who's tough but can't dance because he's white. It's an AvertedTrope with Hazle who tries to be just like Paige.



* ''Series/FlashForward2009'': Did a white guy/Asian guy variation on this, with Mark being the introverted and brooding (and unfortunately prone to holding the IdiotBall) white guy and Demetri being the more HotBlooded and impulsive and competent of the pair.



* ''Series/ListenUp!'':
** This short-lived sitcom played this trope straight with Jason Alexander as an uptight white television presenter (complete with wife and daughter who didn't respect him) and Malcolm-Jamal Warner as his too-hip-for-words black sports star co-host.
** This was actually based on a real pairing. Alexander's character was based on New York-based sportswriter Tony Kornheiser (who the show's concept happened to be based on) while Warner's character was based on Chicago-based sportswriter Michael Wilbon. The two actual persons have had a show together on ESPN (''Pardon the Interruption'') for nearly a decade.



* ''Series/MidnightCaller'' has Jack Killian and his reporter friend Deacon Bridges, who sometimes works with him to solve mysteries. Deacon is more relaxed and outgoing than Jack, but he takes his job very seriously, which can lead to conflict when Deacon publishes articles that hurt Jack's case.

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* ''Series/MidnightCaller'' has talk radio host Jack Killian and his reporter friend Deacon Bridges, who sometimes works with him to solve mysteries.help each other investigate. Deacon is more relaxed and outgoing than Jack, but he takes his job very seriously, which can lead to conflict when Deacon publishes articles that hurt Jack's case.



* ''Series/ListenUp!'':
** This short-lived sitcom played this trope straight with Jason Alexander as an uptight white television presenter (complete with wife and daughter who didn't respect him) and Malcolm-Jamal Warner as his too-hip-for-words black sports star co-host.
** This was actually based on a real pairing. Alexander's character was based on New York-based sportswriter Tony Kornheiser (who the show's concept happened to be based on) while Warner's character was based on Chicago-based sportswriter Michael Wilbon. The two actual persons have had a show together on ESPN (''Pardon the Interruption'') for nearly a decade.
* ''Series/FlashForward2009'': Did a white guy/Asian guy variation on this, with Mark being the introverted and brooding (and unfortunately prone to holding the IdiotBall) white guy and Demetri being the more HotBlooded and impulsive and competent of the pair.
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'':
** Had JT and Liberty. JT, the white one in the pairing, was humorous, relaxed, and not very smart. Liberty was a teen genius, didn't have a sense of humour, and was always worrying. They end up falling in love.
** Also there is the friendship of Jimmy, the cool guy who can rap, dance, and play basketball, with the Spinner who's tough but can't dance because he's white. It's an AvertedTrope with Hazle who tries to be just like Paige.


* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'': Janae and Yoga Jones. Crazy Eyes ''thinks'' she and Piper are this.
* ''Series/MyBabysittersAVampire'': Sarah and Erica


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* ''Series/MyBabysittersAVampire'': Sarah and Erica


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* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'': Janae and Yoga Jones. Crazy Eyes ''thinks'' she and Piper are this.


* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Ryan and Esposito. SeamusDever and JonHuertas actually call them this.



* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Wash and Zoe are an inversion. Zoe is a black woman and loyal soldier who cannot be persuaded to stop calling Mal "sir;" Wash is the eminently laid-back white-guy pilot who tells Zoe that if she has a problem with his plan she should tell him instead of just letting Mal call that shots. The two are HappilyMarried.
** Interestingly, whether Zoe is salt or pepper is dependent on what's happening and who she's with. With Mal she's the [[ScaryBlackMan silent deadly warrior]] while he's the rowdy and adventurous gunslinger.



* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': Plays a variation with Pembleton and Bayliss. Black Pembleton is a tightly wound intellectual with an unforgiving set of morals. White Bayliss was nakedly emotional and always wanted to see everyone's viewpoint.
* ''Series/HumanTarget'': InvertedTrope by the supporting pair of Guerrero & Winston. Winston's the black retired cop, Guerrero's the white semi-retired criminal. Also opposites in size, since Chi [=McBride=] is about a foot taller and a good bit wider than Jackie Earle Haley.



* ''Series/MidnightCaller'' has Jack Killian and his reporter friend Deacon Bridges, who sometimes works with him to solve mysteries. Deacon is more relaxed and outgoing than Jack, but he takes his job very seriously, which can lead to conflict when Deacon publishes articles that hurt Jack's case.
* ''Series/NorthernExposure'': White Chris Stevens and his black half-brother Bernard. The hook being that they are pretty much ''exactly'' the same guy, right down to being born on the same day. One episode even revolves around Bernard beginning a relationship with one of Chris's ex-lovers - and she can't detect any difference between them in bed.



* ''Series/{{Teachers}}'': The first three series had a variation with Brian, who was white, and Kurt, who was Asian. Kurt was, usually, more intelligent, although Brian seemed to 'wear the pants', probably because he was a lot taller. When they were replaced in the fourth series, we got Damien, who was black, and Ben, who was white, although Damien was Brian's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute while Ben was Kurt's, although with the slight difference that Damien was perhaps more intelligent than Ben. [[SeasonalRot Not that it really mattered in the end]].



* ''Series/ThirdWatch'': Officers Davis and Sully. Also an example of a Vet/Rookie pair.



* ''Series/NorthernExposure'': White Chris Stevens and his black half-brother Bernard. The hook being that they are pretty much ''exactly'' the same guy, right down to being born on the same day. One episode even revolves around Bernard beginning a relationship with one of Chris's ex-lovers - and she can't detect any difference between them in bed.
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': Plays a variation with Pembleton and Bayliss. Black Pembleton is a tightly wound intellectual with an unforgiving set of morals. White Bayliss was nakedly emotional and always wanted to see everyone's viewpoint.
* ''Series/ThirdWatch'': Officers Davis and Sully. Also an example of a Vet/Rookie pair.
* ''Series/HumanTarget'': InvertedTrope by the supporting pair of Guerrero & Winston. Winston's the black retired cop, Guerrero's the white semi-retired criminal. Also opposites in size, since Chi [=McBride=] is about a foot taller and a good bit wider than Jackie Earle Haley.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Ryan and Esposito. SeamusDever and JonHuertas actually call them this.
* ''Series/{{Teachers}}'': The first three series had a variation with Brian, who was white, and Kurt, who was Asian. Kurt was, usually, more intelligent, although Brian seemed to 'wear the pants', probably because he was a lot taller. When they were replaced in the fourth series, we got Damien, who was black, and Ben, who was white, although Damien was Brian's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute while Ben was Kurt's, although with the slight difference that Damien was perhaps more intelligent than Ben. [[SeasonalRot Not that it really mattered in the end]].
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Wash and Zoe are an inversion. Zoe is a black woman and loyal soldier who cannot be persuaded to stop calling Mal "sir;" Wash is the eminently laid-back white-guy pilot who tells Zoe that if she has a problem with his plan she should tell him instead of just letting Mal call that shots. The two are HappilyMarried.
** Interestingly, whether Zoe is salt or pepper is dependent on what's happening and who she's with. With Mal she's the [[ScaryBlackMan silent deadly warrior]] while he's the rowdy and adventurous gunslinger.


* ''Series/BetterOffTed'': Phil and Lem. Got a LampshadeHanging in one episode, when Ted was using salt and pepper shakers to represent them. They were at first confused about which one was which, but then Lem (the black one) decided he was pepper because he was spicy. Phil agreed that he was "salty, like a sea captain. Not a true example, however, since their personalities are close to identical. (And neither is spicy or salty.) Lem is slightly cooler, but only in the way that Screech might be slightly cooler than Urkel.

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* ''Series/BetterOffTed'': Phil and Lem. Got a LampshadeHanging in one episode, when Ted was using salt and pepper shakers to represent them. They were at first confused about which one was which, but then Lem (the black one) decided he was pepper because he was spicy. Phil agreed that he was "salty, like a sea captain. " Not a true example, however, since their personalities are close to identical. (And neither is spicy or salty.) Lem is slightly cooler, but only in the way that Screech might be slightly cooler than Urkel.

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* Dr. Facilier (pepper) and Lawrence (salt) in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog.'' Inverted in that Facilier is the BigBad and Lawrence is the BumblingSidekick.


* The Rankers [[FieryRedhead Quant]] and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Lero-Ro]] from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', who also double as HeterosexualLifePartners. They serve as a RedOniBlueOni duo, where Quant, a DarkSkinnedRedhead is a very impulsive, boisterous manchild and Ro is a quiet, reserved pretty boy. They also count as inseparable, so that when one quit, the other got fired. [[InvokedEnforcedTrope In that order.]]

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* The Rankers [[FieryRedhead Quant]] and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Lero-Ro]] from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', who also double as HeterosexualLifePartners. They serve as a RedOniBlueOni duo, where Quant, a DarkSkinnedRedhead is a very impulsive, boisterous manchild and Ro is a quiet, reserved pretty boy. They also count as inseparable, so that when one quit, the other got fired. [[InvokedEnforcedTrope In that order.]]


* ComicStrip/JumpStart: Inverted with Sunny and her best friend Dexter, since Sunny is definitely the most level-headed of the two. Played more straight with Jojo and his best friend Benny.

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* ComicStrip/JumpStart: ''ComicStrip/JumpStart'': Inverted with Sunny and her best friend Dexter, since Sunny is definitely the most level-headed of the two. Played more straight with Jojo and his best friend Benny.



-->[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBhn8GAn2nk ''"While she burnt the ghetto to the ground, he light the sabbath candles by night."'']]

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