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26th Mar '18 3:31:24 AM WillBGood
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Named after the uniform worn by the [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly Italian fascists]] and by their ineffectual [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Union_of_Fascists British imitators]]. [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany The Nazis]] did the same thing with brown shirts (who were replaced with the actually black-shirted SS after the Nazis actually took power and the brownshirts [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness had outlived their usefulness]]), and one American fascist movement wore silver shirts. A variety of other lesser-known fascist movements also copied this pattern of wearing a uniform with a specific color shirt that became the nickname of their followers, such as the blueshirts of the somehow even ''more'' ineffectual [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Fascists first attempt at British fascism]] and the greenshirts of the Romanian [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Guard Iron Guard]] (who like the Nazi brownshirts were [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness disposed of once no longer useful to the fascist dictatorship]]). Needless to say, this trope is TruthInTelevision, since every distasteful ideology has always had followers, and of course, uniforms are a very easy way of enforcing conformity, as practically ''any'' organised group from store employees to the Boy Scouts to, y'know, ''armies'' can attest to.[[note]]This is not to equate any of these latter groups with any of the former, just in case [[ThatCameOutWrong that got interpreted poorly]].[[/note]]

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Named after the uniform worn by the [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly Italian fascists]] and by their ineffectual [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Union_of_Fascists British imitators]]. [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany The Nazis]] did the same thing with brown shirts (who were replaced with the actually black-shirted SS after the Nazis actually took power and the brownshirts [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness had outlived their usefulness]]), and one American fascist movement wore silver shirts. A variety of other lesser-known fascist movements also copied this pattern of wearing a uniform with a specific color shirt that became the nickname of their followers, such as the blueshirts of the somehow even ''more'' ineffectual [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Fascists first attempt at British fascism]] and the greenshirts of the Romanian [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Guard Iron Guard]] (who like the Nazi brownshirts were [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness disposed of once no longer useful to the fascist dictatorship]]). Needless to say, this trope is TruthInTelevision, since every distasteful ideology has always had followers, and of course, uniforms are a very easy way of enforcing conformity, as practically ''any'' organised group from store employees to the Boy Scouts to, y'know, ''armies'' can attest to.[[note]]This is not '''''not''''' to equate any of these latter groups with any of the former, just in case [[ThatCameOutWrong that got interpreted poorly]].[[/note]]
18th Feb '18 4:12:17 PM foxley
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* In the Creator/KimNewman short story "The Germans Won", puppet UK Prime Minister John Major is attending an anniversary celebration of the successful German invasion of Britain. He notes the attendance of a handful of elderly surviving Black Shirts who had been hailed as heroes after the invasion, despite having played almost no part in it. They are often referred to by the sarcastic nickname of 'Series/DadsArmy'.
5th Feb '18 7:41:03 AM 64SuperNintendo
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19th Jan '18 6:59:53 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''WesternAnimation/OsmosisJones'', Thrax recruits a bunch of bacteria gangsters from Frank's armpit after [[KlingonPromotion killing their leader.]] [[spoiler: He ends up destroying all of them, too, when they suggest "incubating" for a few days.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/OsmosisJones'', ''Film/OsmosisJones'', Thrax recruits a bunch of bacteria gangsters from Frank's armpit after [[KlingonPromotion killing their leader.]] [[spoiler: He ends up destroying all of them, too, when they suggest "incubating" for a few days.]]
23rd Dec '17 7:21:00 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in the music video for {{Eminem}}'s "Mosh". Throughout the song, Eminem engages in a vicious diatribe against then-president UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush on a [[DramaticRain rain-soaked stage]]. This inspires scores of disaffected people to put on identical hooded sweatshirts, take to the streets, and fight through a police blockade... so they can line up at a voting station in an orderly fashion.

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* Subverted in the music video for {{Eminem}}'s Music/{{Eminem}}'s "Mosh". Throughout the song, Eminem engages in a vicious diatribe against then-president UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush on a [[DramaticRain rain-soaked stage]]. This inspires scores of disaffected people to put on identical hooded sweatshirts, take to the streets, and fight through a police blockade... so they can line up at a voting station in an orderly fashion.
3rd Dec '17 11:19:02 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{MAG ISA}}'' -- [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119615 The cult members wear black...]]
* ''{{Concerned}}'': Gordon Frohman (not Freeman, common mistake) in the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' parody comic is the dumbest blackest Black Shirt imaginable. Though not malicious, he is a [[TheDitz dim-witted]] thoroughly pro-Breen and anti-Freeman advocate, doing everything he can to stop the hero and his allies. Thankfully, he's more of a SpannerInTheWorks who inadvertently helps Freeman at Breen's expense (though he is at least responsible for transforming Ravenholm into the Zombie-infested hellhole it is). He buys into the flimsy [[VillainWithGoodPublicity propaganda]] and [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter he can't tell how awful the Combine is]], so much so that when he accidentally escapes to Ravenholm he misses living in the oppressive {{Dystopia}} so much he makes a spare parts EvilTowerOfOminousness and (inert) Strider.

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* ''{{MAG ''Webcomic/{{MAG ISA}}'' -- [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119615 The cult members wear black...]]
* ''{{Concerned}}'': ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}'': Gordon Frohman (not Freeman, common mistake) in the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' parody comic is the dumbest blackest Black Shirt imaginable. Though not malicious, he is a [[TheDitz dim-witted]] thoroughly pro-Breen and anti-Freeman advocate, doing everything he can to stop the hero and his allies. Thankfully, he's more of a SpannerInTheWorks who inadvertently helps Freeman at Breen's expense (though he is at least responsible for transforming Ravenholm into the Zombie-infested hellhole it is). He buys into the flimsy [[VillainWithGoodPublicity propaganda]] and [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter he can't tell how awful the Combine is]], so much so that when he accidentally escapes to Ravenholm he misses living in the oppressive {{Dystopia}} so much he makes a spare parts EvilTowerOfOminousness and (inert) Strider.
16th Nov '17 6:35:54 PM Specialist290
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Unrelated to RedShirt and MauveShirt.

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Unrelated to RedShirt and MauveShirt.
MauveShirt, though legions of Black Shirts can make useful {{Mooks}} for CannonFodder.
26th Oct '17 4:38:05 AM darkemyst
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** Filch readily welcomes Dolores Umbridge as Headmistress of Hogwarts during her TyrantTakesTheHelm arc because she gives him free rein in his sadistic disciplinary tactics -- in fact, hers surpass his!
** Umbridge herself seems to leap at the chance to upgrade from being a SadistTeacher to being able to torment the entire muggle-born population after Voldemort takes over in Book 7.

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** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'': Filch readily welcomes Dolores Umbridge as Headmistress of Hogwarts during her TyrantTakesTheHelm arc because she gives him free rein in his sadistic disciplinary tactics -- in fact, hers surpass his!
** Umbridge herself seems to leap at the chance to upgrade from being a SadistTeacher to being able to torment the entire muggle-born population after Voldemort takes over in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Book 7.7]].
8th Oct '17 9:03:56 AM nombretomado
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-->[[BluesBrothers Elwood Binome: Mainframe neo-virals.]]

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2nd Sep '17 12:20:25 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Parodied in ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' where Black Shorts (as all shirt colours were taken already) use imagery very similar to one used by German and Italian fascists, but are all real BlackShirts should not be: incompetent, lazy, fumbling, very low in number, and partial to haphazardly twisted ideas (such as providing all citizens with a British-made bicycle and umbrella) . They get dissolved when their leader quits the politics.

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* Parodied in ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' where Black Shorts (as all shirt colours were taken already) use imagery very similar to one used by German and Italian fascists, but are all real BlackShirts Black Shirts should not be: incompetent, lazy, fumbling, very low in number, and partial to haphazardly twisted ideas (such as providing all citizens with a British-made bicycle and umbrella) . They get dissolved when their leader quits the politics.



%% * ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Similar to that is the huge throng of people in the continuity who are supporters of "Humanity First!", an organization opposed to the [[FantasticRacism mutant scourge]]. Of course, there are BlackShirt types on the other extreme, since there's an extreme mutant organization called "Evolution Rocks". Their most famous poster is of a hand-drawn superman-type dropping said rocks (the size of cars) on baselines below. Sort of polarizes the argument. %% Someone could edit these two back in, but explaining how each of them is an example.

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%% * ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Similar to that is the huge throng of people in the continuity who are supporters of "Humanity First!", an organization opposed to the [[FantasticRacism mutant scourge]]. Of course, there are BlackShirt Black Shirt types on the other extreme, since there's an extreme mutant organization called "Evolution Rocks". Their most famous poster is of a hand-drawn superman-type dropping said rocks (the size of cars) on baselines below. Sort of polarizes the argument. %% Someone could edit these two back in, but explaining how each of them is an example.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'': Clash is the BlackShirt in universe -- as she's the first Misfits fan we set our eyes on.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'': Clash is the BlackShirt Black Shirt in universe -- as she's the first Misfits fan we set our eyes on.
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