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14th Apr '17 8:32:57 AM LexiDizzle
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* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue:'' The first major target Shay kills after leaving the Assassins is the Afro-French Le Chasseur (if only because he'd tell the Assassins Shay is alive).

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* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue:'' *''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue:'' The first major target Shay kills after leaving the Assassins is the Afro-French Le Chasseur (if only because he'd tell the Assassins Shay is alive).alive).
*The tutorial level of ''VideoGame/Battlefield1'' has the player as part of the 369th New York Regiment, aka the "Harlem Hellfighters", an African-American National Guard regiment that was "loaned out" to the French Army during the final months of WorldWarI. The only way to progress through and finish the level is for the first four player characters to be killed.
31st Mar '17 8:31:01 PM superkeijikun
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* In ''Film/PowerRangers2017'', Rita Repulsa kills Billy Cranston. [[DisneyDeath He gets better.]]
26th Mar '17 11:36:43 AM acrobox
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The character doesn't have to be male, or even strictly black. As long as they're the only minority present, their chances of seeing the end of the movie are rather slim. As minority actors became more common in significant roles, this trope found new ways to stay relevant. Films would take a ScaryBlackMan, turn him into TheBigGuy, and kill him off to [[TheWorfEffect show how strong the monster is]]. In action or horror films, TheHero (typically a WhiteMaleLead) might have a BlackBestFriend [[TheLancer Lancer]] that gets killed off or do a HeroicSacrifice to show that [[ShooOutTheClowns this is no laughing matter]]. 80s horror shows were good at this, and film makers had growing backlash against all the exploitation films. Instead of the TokenMinority being unimportant CannonFodder, they instead became the most important supporting character so their deaths would have most dramatic impact on the plot.



The character doesn't have to be male, or even strictly black. As long as they're the only minority present, their chances of seeing the end of the movie are rather slim. As minority actors became more common in significant roles, this trope found new ways to stay relevant. Films would take a ScaryBlackMan, turn him into TheBigGuy, and kill him off to [[TheWorfEffect show how strong the monster is]]. In action or horror films, TheHero (typically a WhiteMaleLead) might have a BlackBestFriend [[TheLancer Lancer]] that gets killed off or do a HeroicSacrifice to show that [[ShooOutTheClowns this is no laughing matter]]. 80s horror shows were good at this, and film makers had growing backlash against all the exploitation films.

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The character doesn't have to be male, or even strictly black. As long as they're the only minority present, their chances of seeing the end of the movie are rather slim. As minority actors became more common in significant roles, this trope found new ways to stay relevant. Films would take a ScaryBlackMan, turn him into TheBigGuy, and kill him off to [[TheWorfEffect show how strong the monster is]]. In action or horror films, TheHero (typically a WhiteMaleLead) might have a BlackBestFriend [[TheLancer Lancer]] that gets killed off or do a HeroicSacrifice to show that [[ShooOutTheClowns this is no laughing matter]]. 80s horror shows were good at this, and film makers had growing backlash against all the exploitation films.
25th Mar '17 5:30:45 AM erforce
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* In the final fight of ''RoboCop'', Joe P. Cox is the first guy in Clarence Boddicker's gang to be shot by RoboCop.

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* In the final fight of ''RoboCop'', ''Film/RoboCop1987'', Joe P. Cox is the first guy in Clarence Boddicker's gang to be shot by RoboCop.[=RoboCop=].
22nd Mar '17 6:06:57 AM Korodzik
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Nowadays the film is known more for popularizing {{Blaxploitation}} films, but most of those films were popular with audiences at the time for ignoring this trope altogether. Over time and due to social push, access to higher-paying jobs and relative economical stability began to open up for black people, with more and more prominent black characters and more big-name black actors emerging--many of which were not likely to get killed off quietly. Studios had also finally accepted that white audiences are not generally as racist as was once assumed, and do not need to have a white protagonist. In other words, if you're gonna go after the black man nowadays, you might want to check the credits to see who's playing him. If it's no one you've actually heard of, they're probably fair game. Creator/TonyTodd? Go for it. Creator/SamuelLJackson? You can take your chances. Creator/RosarioDawson? Yeah, good luck on that. Creator/DenzelWashington? Bad idea. Creator/MorganFreeman? You should give up. Creator/WillSmith? Run away and hide.

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Nowadays the film is known more for popularizing {{Blaxploitation}} films, but most of those films were popular with audiences at the time for ignoring this trope altogether. Over time and due to social push, access to higher-paying jobs and relative economical stability began to open up for black people, with more and more prominent black characters and more big-name black actors emerging--many of which were not likely to get killed off quietly. Studios had also finally accepted that white audiences are not generally as racist as was once assumed, and do not need to have a white protagonist. In other words, if you're gonna go after the black man nowadays, you might want to check the credits to see who's playing him. If it's no one you've actually heard of, they're probably fair game. Creator/TonyTodd? Go for it. Creator/SamuelLJackson? You can take your chances. Creator/RosarioDawson? Yeah, good luck on that. Creator/DenzelWashington? Bad idea. Creator/MorganFreeman? You should give up. Creator/WillSmith? Run away and hide.
24th Feb '17 12:15:17 PM BattleMaster
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* Black Goliath is the first superhero to die in ''ComicBook/CivilWar''. And he wasn't just any black dude, he's a ''giant'' black dude. For the record, perhaps four other people died in that conflict.

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* Black Goliath is the first superhero to die in ''ComicBook/CivilWar''. And he wasn't just any black dude, he's a ''giant'' black dude. For the record, perhaps four other people died in that conflict.conflict, and most of them were so obscure that even devoted Marvel readers might not have heard of any of them.
16th Feb '17 11:59:52 AM Skylite
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* [[Creator/SeananMcGuire Mira Grant]] novella ''Final Girls'' has the unnamed technician, described as having dark skin, become the first victim of one of the killers.

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* [[Creator/SeananMcGuire Mira Grant]] novella ''Final Girls'' has the unnamed technician, described as having dark skin, become the first victim of one of the killers. But the story is an {{Homage}} to the rules that dictate horror movies so iit's a low key {{lampshade}} including it.
16th Feb '17 12:41:50 AM Skylite
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* [[Creator/Seananmcguire Mira Grant]] novella ''Final Girls'' has the unnamed technician, described as having dark skin, become the first victim of one of the killers.

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* [[Creator/Seananmcguire [[Creator/SeananMcGuire Mira Grant]] novella ''Final Girls'' has the unnamed technician, technician, described as having dark skin, become the first victim of one of the killers.
16th Feb '17 12:40:55 AM Skylite
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* [[Creator/Seananmcguire Mira Grant]] novella ''Final Girls'' has the unnamed technician, described as having dark skin, become the first victim of one of the killers.
7th Feb '17 5:34:23 PM Eagal
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** Subverted, meanwhile with the Templars themselves. Their only black team-member, Jack Weeks, survives through to the end of the game unharmed.
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