History Main / BlackDudediesfirst

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.
7th Feb '17 5:33:10 PM Eagal
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* ''VideoGame/UntilDawn'' kinda averts this, as the (very) white Jessica is the first character who can die. The path to keeping her alive is fairly simple however, whereas the next character who can die, TokenMinority Matt has been listed as the most difficult character to save due to the somewhat convoluted series of choices you need to make.
5th Feb '17 2:42:09 PM merotoker
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* ''Mr. Holland's Opus'': Black drum student Louis Russ (played by Terrence Howard) is the only person to die in this movie. He gets killed in VietNam and they all attend his funeral.

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* ''Mr. Holland's Opus'': ''Film/MrHollandsOpus'': Black drum student Louis Russ (played by Terrence Howard) is the only person to die in this movie. He gets killed in VietNam and they all attend his funeral.



* {{Discussed}} in ''Film/CanadianBacon'', by Boomer and Karbal who is worried it will happen to him.

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* {{Discussed}} {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Film/CanadianBacon'', by Boomer and Karbal who is worried it will happen to him.



* {{Downplayed}} 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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* {{Downplayed}} {{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.



* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': A team (white woman, white man, black man) enters a building in search of a killer. While they are all shot, the black man doesn't survive.

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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
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A team (white woman, white man, black man) enters a building in search of a killer. While they are all shot, the black man doesn't survive.



* WWE's Wresting/TheNexus faction sort of did this. Barring Daniel Bryan's legit firing, the first two guys officially dumped were black (Darren Young [beaten down and thrown out after losing to Cena] and Michael Tarver [taken out by Cena himself]). David Otunga did not leave the Nexus; in fact he was the only original member to still be in the Nexus when it disbanded. Wrestling/WadeBarrett split from the Nexus and formed The Corre which had a black guy named Ezekiel Jackson. He was the first to be ejected.
* There have been instances such as in Elimination Chamber or Survivor Series matches where the black wrestler is the first one eliminated,

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* WWE's Wresting/TheNexus Wrestling/TheNexus faction sort of did this. Barring Daniel Bryan's legit firing, the first two guys officially dumped were black (Darren Young [beaten down and thrown out after losing to Cena] and Michael Tarver [taken out by Cena himself]). David Otunga did not leave the Nexus; in fact he was the only original member to still be in the Nexus when it disbanded. Wrestling/WadeBarrett split from the Nexus and formed The Corre which had a black guy named Ezekiel Jackson. He was the first to be ejected.
* There have been several instances such as in Elimination Chamber or Survivor Series matches where the black wrestler is the first one eliminated,eliminated.



* The very first mission in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' begins with the scene of a black African soldier burning to death. The player then spends the entire mission killing a bunch of black Africans just to get information on [[spoiler: where to find and rescue Woods.]] The fact that you're helping another black African leader who's excited about fighting and killing doesn't discredit the trope.

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* The very first mission in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' begins with the scene of a black African soldier burning to death. The player then spends the entire mission killing a bunch of black Africans just to get information on [[spoiler: where to find and rescue Woods.]] Woods]]. The fact that you're helping another black African leader who's excited about fighting and killing doesn't discredit the trope.



* UntilDawn kinda averts this, as the (very) white Jessica is the first character who can die. The path to keeping her alive is fairly simple however, whereas the next character who can die, TokenMinority Matt has been listed as the most difficult character to save due to the somewhat convoluted series of choices you need to make.

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* UntilDawn ''VideoGame/UntilDawn'' kinda averts this, as the (very) white Jessica is the first character who can die. The path to keeping her alive is fairly simple however, whereas the next character who can die, TokenMinority Matt has been listed as the most difficult character to save due to the somewhat convoluted series of choices you need to make.



** Lampshaded ''again'' in ''Scary Movie 2'', when it's suggested [[LetsSplitUpGang they split up]]. Dwight [[KickTheDog decides to invoke it]].

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** Lampshaded ''again'' in ''Scary Movie 2'', when it's suggested [[LetsSplitUpGang they split up]]. Dwight [[KickTheDog decides to invoke it]].it.



* In an episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' parodying slasher films, Gus refuses to leave the house because "I've seen enough slasher movies to know that when the brother goes off to the woods, he doesn't even sorta come back!" Ironically he not only survives, but is the ONLY person to best the killer in a one-on-one fight.

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* ''Series/{{Psych}}''
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In an episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' parodying slasher films, Gus refuses to leave the house because "I've seen enough slasher movies to know that when the brother goes off to the woods, he doesn't even sorta come back!" Ironically he not only survives, but is the ONLY person to best the killer in a one-on-one fight.



* In an episode of ''Series/AreYouThereChelsea'', DeeDee and Olivia are watching horror movies. Olivia says "There are no black people in this movie, so I don't know who dies first!"

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* In an episode of ''Series/AreYouThereChelsea'', DeeDee Dee Dee and Olivia are watching horror movies. Olivia says "There are no black people in this movie, so I don't know who dies first!"



* ''Series/InLivingColor'' had a couple of comedy skits starring JimCarrey and David Alan Grier called Sidekicks and Sidekicks In Nam. The skits would parody the war movies and how they make the black character look silly and incompetent, before he's the first one to die, leaving the white best friend to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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* ''Series/InLivingColor'' had a couple of comedy skits starring JimCarrey Creator/JimCarrey and David Alan Grier called Sidekicks and Sidekicks In Nam. The skits would parody the war movies and how they make the black character look silly and incompetent, before he's the first one to die, leaving the white best friend to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.



** and later. He does the voices of the various cast members to summarize the scene:

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** and later. He Later he does the voices of the various cast members to summarize the scene:



* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', itself a parody of the movie ''Film/TheCore''. In the original, a black scientist dies after engaging a switch deep while in almost direct contact with the Earth's mantle; in the parody, Cartman explicitly picks Chef as "the black man who will sacrifice himself". This is subverted, however, as Chef safely makes his way through the crowd of Hippies, does what was asked, and gets back... only for Cartman to keep going on as though Chef had died.
** ''South Park'' however played this straight in Season 20, where of all the internet trolls the only one to die was the lone black guy, [[CrossesTheLineTwice MLKKK]], burned alive by a man whose daughter he made fun of.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
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Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', itself a parody of the movie ''Film/TheCore''. In the original, a black scientist dies after engaging a switch deep while in almost direct contact with the Earth's mantle; in the parody, Cartman explicitly picks Chef as "the black man who will sacrifice himself". This is subverted, however, as Chef safely makes his way through the crowd of Hippies, does what was asked, and gets back... only for Cartman to keep going on as though Chef had died.
** ''South Park'' however played this Played straight however in Season 20, where of all the internet Internet trolls the only one to die was the lone black guy, [[CrossesTheLineTwice MLKKK]], burned alive by a man whose daughter he made fun of.
29th Jan '17 10:49:02 PM Valen
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* Technically so in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''. The first of the Four Guardians to die is Hidden Phantom, the one who wears black armor.
29th Jan '17 8:45:24 AM Tacitus
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--> '''Negilum''': "Now would be a good time to learn about death by killing one of you."
--> '''Riker''': "Oh, no!"
--> '''Picard''': "Oh, no!"
--> '''Troi''': "Oh, no!"
--> '''Data''': "Oh, no!"
--> '''Black Red-Shirt''': "MOTHER FUCKER!" *dies*
--> '''Picard''': "Send another red-shirted black fellow to the bridge."
--> '''Geordi''': *leaves*.

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--> '''Negilum''': "Now -->'''Negilum''': Now would be a good time to learn about death by killing one of you."
-->
\\
'''Riker''': "Oh, no!"
-->
Oh, no!\\
'''Picard''': "Oh, no!"
-->
Oh, no!\\
'''Troi''': "Oh, no!"
-->
Oh, no!\\
'''Data''': "Oh, no!"
-->
Oh, no!\\
'''Black Red-Shirt''': "MOTHER FUCKER!" *dies*
-->
MOTHER FUCKER! *dies*\\
'''Picard''': "Send Send another red-shirted black fellow to the bridge."
-->
\\
'''Geordi''': *leaves*.*leaves*



-->'''''Dear [[Characters/HarryPotterHogwartsStudents Dean,]]'''''
-->'''''Thank you for not being the first one to die.'''''
-->'''''Sincerely, Black People Everywhere'''''

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-->'''''Dear -->''Dear [[Characters/HarryPotterHogwartsStudents Dean,]]'''''
-->'''''Thank
Dean,]]''
-->''Thank
you for not being the first one to die.'''''
-->'''''Sincerely,
''
-->''Sincerely,
Black People Everywhere'''''Everywhere''



* During the ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' episode featuring ''DeadSpace2'', Pat wonders out loud if Franco's death is "the fastest black guy death in a video game ever".

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* During the ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' episode featuring ''DeadSpace2'', ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', Pat wonders out loud if Franco's death is "the fastest black guy death in a video game ever".ever".
* Parodied in the ''WebAnimation/FiftyPercentOff'' Halloween special, in which Makoto suggests Nagisa would be the first to die in a horror movie. Keep in mind that this is an AbridgedSeries of an anime, so Nagisa still looks like a {{Keet}}, he just ''[[VocalDissonance sounds]]'' like a ScaryBlackMan.
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