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25th Jan '17 3:44:15 PM DoctorCooper
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* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan, arguably, is black and bald and was the uncontested leader of his team, his league, and, well, his sport's history.
** And after retiring (the second time), he became a team president with the Washington Wizards, ended up making ''another'' comeback with his new team, then later became first a minority owner and then the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, who coincidentally made the playoffs for the first time in their brief team history the year that he became majority owner. So yeah, he probably qualifies.
** Other top NBA players who fit the trope include Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kevin Garnett. Kobe Bryant comes pretty close, but he usually has at least a little fuzz going on. (Basketball would seem to have an edge over other team sports for this trope due to the lack of headgear.)

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* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan, arguably, is black and bald and was the uncontested leader of his team, his league, and, well, his sport's history.
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history. And after retiring (the second time), he became a team president with the Washington Wizards, ended up making ''another'' comeback with his new team, then later became first a minority owner and then the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, who coincidentally made the playoffs for the first time in their brief team history the year that he became majority owner. So yeah, he probably qualifies.
** * Other top NBA players who fit the trope include Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kevin Garnett. Kobe Bryant comes pretty close, but he usually has at least a little fuzz going on. (Basketball would seem to have an edge over other team sports for this trope due to the lack of headgear.)



* Howard Jones, best known for his tenure as lead singer of KillswitchEngage.

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* Howard Jones, best known for his tenure as lead singer of KillswitchEngage.Music/KillswitchEngage.



* Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, although his hair was cut extremely short

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* Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, although his hair was cut extremely shortshort.
8th Jan '17 1:46:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''UltimateMarvel'': Ultimate ComicBook/NickFury, who was explicitly based off of Creator/SamuelLJackson with his permission, and played by him in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. (Fury is, of course, white and has hair in mainstream continuity.) Fittingly, the artists [[ArtEvolution started depicting him with a shaved head]] around the same time that he became the leader of ComicBook/TheUltimates; in his first appearance in ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', when he was still a S.H.I.E.L.D. field agent, he had a fade haircut.[[note]] Surprisingly enough, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness he wasn't always modeled after Samuel L. Jackson]][[/note]]

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* ''UltimateMarvel'': ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'': Ultimate ComicBook/NickFury, who was explicitly based off of Creator/SamuelLJackson with his permission, and played by him in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. (Fury is, of course, white and has hair in mainstream continuity.) Fittingly, the artists [[ArtEvolution started depicting him with a shaved head]] around the same time that he became the leader of ComicBook/TheUltimates; in his first appearance in ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', when he was still a S.H.I.E.L.D. field agent, he had a fade haircut.[[note]] Surprisingly enough, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness he wasn't always modeled after Samuel L. Jackson]][[/note]]
20th Nov '16 9:12:36 PM TechPriest90
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* In ''Blood Pact'', Literature/GauntsGhosts get a ScaryBlackMan assigned as an extra commissar.[[spoiler:[[BlackDudediesfirst No surprise he is also the first named character to die in the next book.]]]]

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* In ''Blood Pact'', Literature/GauntsGhosts get [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissar]] Usain Edur, a ScaryBlackMan (actually a pretty cool guy who is also a DeadpanSnarker) assigned to their regiment as an extra commissar.commissar. [[spoiler:[[BlackDudediesfirst No surprise Unsurprisingly, he is also the first named character to die in the next book.]]]]]] While also being [[TakingYouWithMe awesome]], so there is that.]]
10th Oct '16 9:31:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Blood Pact'', GauntsGhosts get a ScaryBlackMan assigned as an extra commissar.[[spoiler:[[BlackDudediesfirst No surprise he is also the first named character to die in the next book.]]]]

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* In ''Blood Pact'', GauntsGhosts Literature/GauntsGhosts get a ScaryBlackMan assigned as an extra commissar.[[spoiler:[[BlackDudediesfirst No surprise he is also the first named character to die in the next book.]]]]



* President Wayne Palmer in ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''.

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* President Wayne Palmer in ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''.''Series/TwentyFour''.
30th Sep '16 9:44:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TotalRecall2070'': [[DaChief Martin Ehrenthal]], both bald and black, is the head of the local division of the CPB. He's an incredibly competent administrator, not afraid to stand up to any [[MegaCorp Consortium]] representative or someone from the [[JurisdictionFriction Assessor's Office]] trying to browbeat him or his agents to back away from their investigations.
16th Sep '16 11:26:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TechInfantry'' has Abdul Johnson, Chairman of the Grand Council, and Rashid King, head of Internal Security and the power behind the throne. Both are Black Muslims, although their hairstyle is never quite made explicit.

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* ''TechInfantry'' ''TabletopGame/TechInfantry'' has Abdul Johnson, Chairman of the Grand Council, and Rashid King, head of Internal Security and the power behind the throne. Both are Black Muslims, although their hairstyle is never quite made explicit.
21st Aug '16 11:46:16 AM BlackJAC
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* Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, although his hair was cut extremely short
2nd Aug '16 4:53:28 PM karstovich2
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* Former Mayor of Newark, NJ and current Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker.

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* Former Mayor of Newark, NJ and current U.S. Senator from New Jersey UsefulNotes/NewJersey (and, after an especially RousingSpeech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, one of ''the'' national rising stars of the Democratic Party) Cory Booker.Booker. He backs it up with some real-life heroics, too; most famously, while Mayor of Newark, he stopped his car on his way to work to save a woman from a house fire, suffering smoke inhalation and second-degree burns on his hands.
30th Jul '16 1:25:56 PM igordebraga
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* Kenneth (played by ''Creator/VingRhames'') in the 2004 remake of ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' is one of the main characters in a large cast and, being a police officer and former Marine, as well as one of the few calm and reasonable people in the mall, assumes something akin to a leadership position with in the group.
* Seen in ''Film/TheFifthElement'', where the President of the Federated Territories is both bald and black.

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* Kenneth (played by ''Creator/VingRhames'') Creator/VingRhames) in the 2004 remake of ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' is one of the main characters in a large cast and, being a police officer and former Marine, as well as one of the few calm and reasonable people in the mall, assumes something akin to a leadership position with in the group.
* Seen in ''Film/TheFifthElement'', where the President of the Federated Territories is both bald and black.black (played by former wrestler Tom 'Tiny' Lister).



* Morpheus in ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* Laurence Fishburne in ''Film/EventHorizon'', this time as the captain of a spaceship.

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* Creator/LaurenceFishburne as Morpheus in ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* Laurence Fishburne in ''Film/EventHorizon'', this time as the captain
''Film/TheMatrix''. (most of his other roles have him with a spaceship.buzz cut)



* Louis Gosset, Jr. as President Gerald Fitzhugh in ''[[Film/LeftBehind2000 Left Behind: World At War]]'', and as his military roles in ''[[Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman An Officer and a Gentleman]]'' and the entire ''Film/IronEagle'' franchise.

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* Louis Gosset, Jr. as President Gerald Fitzhugh in ''[[Film/LeftBehind2000 Left Behind: World At War]]'', and as his military roles in ''[[Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman An Officer and a Gentleman]]'' ''Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman'' and the entire ''Film/IronEagle'' franchise.


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* Comicbook/{{Deadshot}}, played by Creator/WillSmith, in ''Film/SuicideSquad''.
10th Jul '16 8:46:56 AM DesertDragon
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Possibly a form of a TokenMinority, if he's the only person of color present. See also BaldOfAwesome. His significantly less bald DistaffCounterpart is the BlackBossLady. May overlap with ScaryBlackMan if he's also intimidating.

Please make sure the character is actually bald when you post him. The buzz cut is quite popular among black men and is not the same thing as having no hair at all, and thus UsefulNotes/BarackObama (for example) would not count unless he were to shave his head at some point in his term. There's a lot of space between "bald" and "afro".

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Possibly a form of a TokenMinority, if he's the only person of color present. The writers might be hoping to avoid the usual problems of tokenism by making the one black character someone in a position of authority and respect who's essential to the plot every week, but the biggest drawback is that he still isn't the ''lead''; it's not his story being told and there's no guarantee that he will grow and evolve as a character over the course of the series. Of course there are exceptions, with ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' standing out by making the Bald Black Leader Guy also the lead role.

See also BaldOfAwesome. His significantly less bald DistaffCounterpart is the BlackBossLady. May overlap with ScaryBlackMan if he's also intimidating.

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intimidating. Before adding examples, please make sure the character is actually bald when you post him. The buzz cut is quite popular among black men and is not the same thing as having no hair at all, and thus UsefulNotes/BarackObama (for example) would not count unless he were to shave his head at some point in his term. There's a lot of space between "bald" and "afro".
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