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Faux Interracial Relationship

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Darryl: So, what are you?
Elaine: I'm white.
Darryl: So, we're just a couple of white people?
Elaine: I guess.
Darryl: Oh.
Elaine: Yeah. So, do you want to go to the Gap?
Darryl: Sure.

Mostly a Dead Horse Trope.

A pair of characters (or one of a pair of characters) is in love, but because they are of different ethnicities, they don't actually pair up, out of fear of a Maligned Mixed Marriage. Then it's revealed or discovered that they aren't of different ethnicities after all, and everything is fine and they happily get together.


Faux Interracial Relationship is to Maligned Mixed Marriage as Not Blood Siblings is to Brother–Sister Incest.


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    Film — Live Action 
  • In the 1920 film The Symbol of the Unconquered, Hugh Van Allen is afraid to confess to Eve because he thinks she's white. When she reveals that she's a light-skinned black woman at the end of the film, Hugh is elated and kisses her.


    Live-Action Television 
  • Seinfeld:
    • In one episode, Elaine thinks the guy she's going out with is black, but she's not quite sure, and spends the episode trying to find out without directly asking. It turns out he's white and had also been thinking they were in an interracial relationship-due to mistaking Elaine for Hispanic.
    • In another episode, Jerry falls for a woman named Chang over the phone, believing that she's Chinese - but it turns out she's Jewish. The family name was originally "Changstein."
  • Cold Case had at least one example of the Pass Fail variation.
  • A common source of humor in Scrubs is Turk (Black) and Carla's (Hispanic) relationship which is considered interracial, but in certain episodes it's pointed out they are technically both Black (Carla is Dominican, thus Black Hispanic).



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