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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".
22nd Jun '16 12:28:53 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''VideoGame/MapleStory'', there's Icybyrd Slim, mayor of New Leaf City. While he doesn't seem to be much of an ActionPolitician, he does seem to be the brains behind every project in the city, which is populated by {{Bounty Hunter}}s, {{Adventurer Archaeologist}}s and {{Ditzy Genius}}es.

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* In ''VideoGame/MapleStory'', there's [[AwesomeMcCoolname Icybyrd Slim, Slim]], mayor of New Leaf City. While he doesn't seem to be much of an ActionPolitician, he does seem to be the brains behind every project in the city, which is populated by {{Bounty Hunter}}s, {{Adventurer Archaeologist}}s and {{Ditzy Genius}}es.
19th Jun '16 8:12:32 PM nombretomado
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* ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, in his current bald incarnation, is the leader of the [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Mighty Avengers]], and in the past was the leader of both the Comicbook/NewAvengers and the {{Thunderbolts}}.

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* ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, in his current bald incarnation, is the leader of the [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Mighty Avengers]], and in the past was the leader of both the Comicbook/NewAvengers and the {{Thunderbolts}}.ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}.
19th Jun '16 2:32:57 AM Doug86
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' - After a galaxy-rocking (literally) breakup with Shayera at the end of season two, ComicBook/GreenLantern John Stewart shaved his head in time for ''Unlimited''. The first episode of the revamp put him in leading a small team of greener heroes, and his status as founding member frequently made him a go-to guy in a crisis.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' - After a galaxy-rocking (literally) breakup with Shayera at the end of season two, ComicBook/GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart shaved his head in time for ''Unlimited''. The first episode of the revamp put him in leading a small team of greener heroes, and his status as founding member frequently made him a go-to guy in a crisis.
15th May '16 8:36:52 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 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'': Ultimate ComicBook/NickFury, who was explicitly based off of Creator/SamuelLJackson with his permission, and played by him in the MarvelCinematicUniverse.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]]
25th Apr '16 7:01:18 PM Piando
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* Roy in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is black in a family of bald men and the leader of his team, although he's a bit [[LargeHam more hammy]] and ''much'' [[DeadpanSnarker more snarky]] than usual examples of this trope. The King of Nowhere also qualifies (which is one of the reasons Roy was confused with him at on point), for what we seem of him in a flashback panel.
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* Roy in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is black in a family of bald men and the leader of his team, although he's a bit [[LargeHam more hammy]] and ''much'' [[DeadpanSnarker more snarky]] than usual examples of this trope. The King of Nowhere also qualifies (which is one of the reasons Roy was confused with him at on point), for what we seem of him in a flashback panel.
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11th Apr '16 5:27:28 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''VideoGame/MapleStory'', there's Icybyrd Slim, mayor of New Leaf City. While he doesn't seem to be much of an ActionPolitician, he does seem to be the brains behind every project in the city, which is populated by {{Bounty Hunter}}s, {{Adventurer Archaeologist}}s and {{Ditzy Genius}}es.
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