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15th Sep '17 1:28:26 PM Naram-Sin
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* In ''Film/VantagePoint'', the first named character to die is the TV reporter played by (pre-fame) Creator/ZoeSaldana.


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** It is remarkable that Preacher was indeed supposed to die according to the original script, just near the end rather than at the beginning. However, [[EnsembleDarkhorse test audiences hated that]], so it was changed.
28th Aug '17 9:30:42 AM Eagal
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* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Frost is the first major character to go, and Apone isn't far behind him. Its notable in that its the ''only'' entry in the entire series, including AVP, to play this trope straight. [[spoiler: The other films have a tradition where the black dude is the last to die in a (attempted) HeroicSacrifice.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Frost is the first major character to go, and Apone isn't far behind him. Its notable in that its it's the ''only'' entry in the entire series, including AVP, to play this trope straight. [[spoiler: The other films have a tradition where the black dude is the last to die in a (attempted) HeroicSacrifice.]]
24th Aug '17 4:32:39 PM merotoker
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* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Frost is the first major character to go, and Apone isn't far behind him.
** Its notable in that its the ''only'' entry in the entire series, including AVP, to play this trope straight. [[spoiler: The other films have a tradition where the black dude is the last to die in a (attempted) HeroicSacrifice.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Frost is the first major character to go, and Apone isn't far behind him.
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him. Its notable in that its the ''only'' entry in the entire series, including AVP, to play this trope straight. [[spoiler: The other films have a tradition where the black dude is the last to die in a (attempted) HeroicSacrifice.]]



* The Agony Booth recap of ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' featured the insight "It's not so much that the black guy dies first, it's that the black guy dies first ''[[DevelopingDoomedCharacters 90 minutes into the movie]]''".

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* The Agony Booth Website/TheAgonyBooth recap of ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' featured the insight "It's not so much that the black guy dies first, it's that the black guy dies first ''[[DevelopingDoomedCharacters 90 minutes into the movie]]''".



* [[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.

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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 it's a low key {{lampshade}} {{lampshade|Hanging}} including it.



* The first person to die in the pilot of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' is a young black officer named Thompson. He's named after Cronan Thompson, a young black internet personality who was involved in many online arguments with the show's creator, Robert Wolfe. Cronan died of cancer at 19, and Wolfe included Thompson in his pilot as a tribute.

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* The first person to die in the pilot of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' is a young black officer named Thompson. He's named after Cronan Thompson, a young black internet Internet personality who was involved in many online arguments with the show's creator, Robert Wolfe. Cronan died of cancer at 19, and Wolfe included Thompson in his pilot as a tribute.



* A non-lethal variation in the [[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Pixar short film]] ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'' (a companion piece to ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''), which is a [[StylisticSuck highly corny]] InUniverse cartoon starring Mr. Incredible (who's white) and Frozone (who's black- or [[ButNotTooBlack lightly tanned]] in the cartoon's style). When they confront the villain Lady Lightbug, Frozone is restrained by her 'radioactive silk' and taken out of the action immediately. It's [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Frozone in the commentary that he and Mr. Incredible do on the cartoon. He's quite annoyed by the poor showing his fictional self makes.

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* A non-lethal variation in the [[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Pixar short film]] ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'' (a companion piece to ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''), which is a [[StylisticSuck highly corny]] InUniverse cartoon starring Mr. Incredible (who's white) and Frozone (who's black- or [[ButNotTooBlack lightly tanned]] in the cartoon's style). When they confront the villain Lady Lightbug, Frozone is restrained by her 'radioactive silk' and taken out of the action immediately. It's [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Frozone in the commentary that he and Mr. Incredible do on the cartoon. He's quite annoyed by the poor showing his fictional self makes.



* During Series/{{Community}}'s {{Zombie Apocalyp|se}}tic Halloween special "[[Recap/CommunityS2E06Epidemiology Epidemiology]]" this trope is inverted when Abed sacrifices himself to make sure that Troy escapes, though Troy gets infected only a scene or two later.
--->'''Abed:''' "Troy, make me proud. Be the first black man to get to the end."

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* During Series/{{Community}}'s ''Series/{{Community}}'''s {{Zombie Apocalyp|se}}tic Halloween special "[[Recap/CommunityS2E06Epidemiology Epidemiology]]" this trope is inverted when Abed sacrifices himself to make sure that Troy escapes, though Troy gets infected only a scene or two later.
--->'''Abed:''' -->'''Abed:''' "Troy, make me proud. Be the first black man to get to the end."



* Inverted in the ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' sketch "Suburban Zombies". The ''white'' guy ([[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Kevin Sorbo]]) is [[DeathByCameo killed and eaten first]], and it later turns out that the zombies intentionally spared the black protagonists because they're afraid of black people.

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* Inverted in the ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' sketch "Suburban Zombies". The ''white'' guy ([[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Kevin Sorbo]]) (Creator/KevinSorbo) is [[DeathByCameo killed and eaten first]], and it later turns out that the zombies intentionally spared the black protagonists because they're afraid of black people.



* The idea is repeatedly and viciously lampshaded in WebSite/SFDebris's [[http://blip.tv/sf-debris-opinionated-reviews/tng-where-silence-has-lease-review-4923330 review]] of the aforementioned "Where Silence Has Lease".
--> "...And naturally there'd be no shortage of volunteers [From red-shirted black men for bridge positions]. People who've seen Science Fiction know the black dude dies first. And people who've seen the original series know the guy who beams down in a red shirt dies. So, black dude pluse red shirt equals get a bridge job as fast as you can and hope an alien doesn't show up on the view screen [[TemptingFate looking to kill people for no reason]]."

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* The idea is repeatedly and viciously lampshaded in WebSite/SFDebris's [[http://blip.tv/sf-debris-opinionated-reviews/tng-where-silence-has-lease-review-4923330 [[http://sfdebris.com/videos/startrek/t128.php review]] of the aforementioned "Where Silence Has Lease".
--> "...And naturally there'd be no shortage of volunteers [From red-shirted black men for bridge positions]. People who've seen Science Fiction know the black dude dies first. And people who've seen the original series know the guy who beams down in a red shirt dies. So, black dude pluse plus red shirt equals get a bridge job as fast as you can and hope an alien doesn't show up on the view screen [[TemptingFate looking to kill people for no reason]]."



20th Aug '17 8:55:59 AM Gamermaster
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** Speaking of Linkara, during the storyline segment of his review of ''A Nightmare on Elm Street: Paranoid'' #2, when Viga is told of the current supernatural situation in their house, she immediately grabs a suitcase and says "Nope!" precisely due to this trope.

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** Speaking of Linkara, during the storyline segment of his review of ''A Nightmare on Elm Street: Paranoid'' #2, when Viga is told of the current supernatural situation in their house, [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere she immediately grabs a suitcase suitcase]] and says "Nope!" precisely due to this trope.
10th Aug '17 11:36:02 AM Eagal
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* In a Halloween special of ''LetsPlay/AnalogControl'' involving ''VideoGame/SlenderTheEightPages'', MJTR confided in his current, mixed-race cohost Trey that at least one of them would survive. If Slenderman started persuing them, he'd be too busy killing Trey to get MJTR.

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* In a Halloween special of ''LetsPlay/AnalogControl'' involving ''VideoGame/SlenderTheEightPages'', MJTR confided in his current, mixed-race cohost Trey that at least one of them would survive. If Slenderman started persuing pursuing them, he'd be too busy killing Trey to get MJTR.
5th Aug '17 2:52:40 PM MJTR
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* In a Halloween special of ''LetsPlay/AnalogControl'' involving ''VideoGame/SlenderTheEightPages'', MJTR confided in his current, mixed-race cohost Trey that at least one of them would survive. If Slenderman started persuing them, he'd be too busy killing Trey to get MJTR.
1st Aug '17 12:17:53 PM Eagal
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* In ''Film/BabyDriver'', [[ExaggeratedTrope all of the non-white members of the crew]] are killed off first. First, JD (Asian) is killed after botching the robbery, then Bats (Black) is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, and then Darling (Latina) is killed in a shoot-out with the police. Only after all the non-white crew members die do Doc and Buddy (both White) die.

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* In ''Film/BabyDriver'', [[ExaggeratedTrope all of the non-white members of the crew]] are killed off first. First, only Asian character, JD (Asian) is killed by Doc after botching the robbery, then Bats (Black) is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, and then Darling (Latina) is killed in a shoot-out with the police. Only after all the non-white crew members die do Doc and Buddy (both White) die.robbery.
25th Jul '17 1:06:39 PM ShaiPa
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* In ''Film/BabyDriver'', [[ExaggeratedTrope all of the non-white members of the crew]] are killed off first. First, JD (Asian) is killed after botching the robbery, then Bats (Black) is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, and then Darling (Latina) is killed in a shoot-out with the police. Only after all the non-white crew members die do Doc and Buddy (both White) die.
23rd Jul '17 11:49:38 AM Eagal
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** Its notable in that its the ''only'' entry in the entire series, including AVP, to play this trope strait. [[spoiler: The other films have a tradition where the black dude is the last to die in a (attempted) HeroicSacrifice.]]

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** Its notable in that its the ''only'' entry in the entire series, including AVP, to play this trope strait.straight. [[spoiler: The other films have a tradition where the black dude is the last to die in a (attempted) HeroicSacrifice.]]
23rd Jul '17 11:48:57 AM Eagal
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* {{Downplayed|Trope}} in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. James "War Machine" Rhodes doesn't die, but he is the first Avenger to be permanently injured. During the airport fight, Vision accidentally [[FriendOrFoe hits him with a Mindstone blast]] and he crash-lands, winding up paralyzed from the waist down.
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