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21st Aug '16 12:50:52 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Hitch}}'' manages to subvert this trope just by changing the focus. WillSmith plays a character whose job is ''literally'' teaching white guys how to be as cool as he is - he's a "date doctor" who coaches socially clueless men on how to woo women. However, since Hitch himself is the protagonist, not the white guys -- and, accordingly, he gets a real character arc instead of remaining a static figure -- he's really not at all a Magical Negro.
* The handicapped (black) golf instructor/mentor Chubbs Peterson, whose hand got eaten by a crocodile in ''HappyGilmore''.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Man Holy Man]]'' starring EddieMurphy.

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* ''Film/{{Hitch}}'' manages to subvert this trope just by changing the focus. WillSmith Creator/WillSmith plays a character whose job is ''literally'' teaching white guys how to be as cool as he is - he's a "date doctor" who coaches socially clueless men on how to woo women. However, since Hitch himself is the protagonist, not the white guys -- and, accordingly, he gets a real character arc instead of remaining a static figure -- he's really not at all a Magical Negro.
* The handicapped (black) golf instructor/mentor Chubbs Peterson, whose hand got eaten by a crocodile in ''HappyGilmore''.
''Film/HappyGilmore''.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Man Holy Man]]'' starring EddieMurphy.Creator/EddieMurphy.
2nd Aug '16 12:47:12 PM ironicusername
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Star wanders off into hiding after accidentally destroying a police car. A kind black lady with quite an obsession with hair comes to give her food and shelter for a short amount of time, and later [[spoiler: uses a tin-can telephone to tell authorities where they can find her]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Star wanders off into hiding after accidentally destroying a police car. A kind black lady with quite an obsession with hair comes to give her food and shelter for a short amount of time, and later [[spoiler: uses a tin-can telephone to tell authorities where they can find her]].Star]].
2nd Aug '16 12:46:19 PM ironicusername
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Star wanders off into hiding after accidentally destroying a police car. A kind black lady with quite an obsession with hair comes to give her food and shelter for a short amount of time, and later [[spoiler: uses a tin-can telephone to tell authorities where they can find her]].
26th Jul '16 7:57:15 PM PaulA
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* Ogion the Silent becomes this in the Scifi Channel's version of Ursula K. Le Guin's monumental ''Literature/AWizardOfEarthsea''. Go [[http://www.ursulakleguin.com/Index-EarthseaMiniseries.html here]], [[http://www.infinitematrix.net/faq/essays/noles.html here]] and [[http://andweshallmarch.typepad.com/and_we_shall_march/2006/01/the_shame_of_ea.html here]] for a detailed analysis of the racial miscasting in ''Earthsea''.

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* Ogion the Silent becomes this in the ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'', Scifi Channel's version of Ursula K. Le Guin's monumental ''Literature/AWizardOfEarthsea''. Go [[http://www.ursulakleguin.com/Index-EarthseaMiniseries.html here]], [[http://www.infinitematrix.net/faq/essays/noles.html here]] and [[http://andweshallmarch.typepad.com/and_we_shall_march/2006/01/the_shame_of_ea.html here]] for a detailed analysis of the racial miscasting in ''Earthsea''.
4th Jul '16 12:28:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted in the 1980s version of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Paladin of the Lost Hour", which had a magical white man (who does double duty as TheObiWan) help the young black protagonist find his destiny.

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* Inverted in the 1980s version of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' episode "Paladin of the Lost Hour", which had a magical white man (who does double duty as TheObiWan) help the young black protagonist find his destiny.
3rd Jul '16 2:26:21 PM gewunomox
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* Parodied--or something--in Bill Fitzhugh's ''Pest Control''. Just when the protagonist Bob Dillon ([[RunningGag no relation to]] BobDylan) is at his lowest ebb, with his wife and daughter having left, and he without enough money to so much as buy a nice dinner, he stumbles upon a southern Black woman who runs the Beebe Avenue Mission. While giving him some advice, snark, and soup, she happens to mention that she opened the mission specifically to fix people's broken dreams. Which means she's not there just to help Bob, she's doing her best to help ''everyone''. [[spoiler:At the end of the book, Bob sends her a good portion the money he earned from faking his own assassination. She notes that she can fix a lot of dreams with this.]]

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* Parodied--or something--in Bill Fitzhugh's ''Pest Control''. Just when the protagonist Bob Dillon ([[RunningGag no relation to]] BobDylan) Music/BobDylan) is at his lowest ebb, with his wife and daughter having left, and he without enough money to so much as buy a nice dinner, he stumbles upon a southern Black woman who runs the Beebe Avenue Mission. While giving him some advice, snark, and soup, she happens to mention that she opened the mission specifically to fix people's broken dreams. Which means she's not there just to help Bob, she's doing her best to help ''everyone''. [[spoiler:At the end of the book, Bob sends her a good portion the money he earned from faking his own assassination. She notes that she can fix a lot of dreams with this.]]
29th Jun '16 5:27:49 PM nombretomado
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* Jim from ''HuckleberryFinn'' is a nice subversion. While he is Black, and into magic, it doesn't Flanderize him and certainly isn't portrayed typically. Bonus points for averting HollywoodVoodoo.

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* Jim from ''HuckleberryFinn'' ''Literature/HuckleberryFinn'' is a nice subversion. While he is Black, and into magic, it doesn't Flanderize him and certainly isn't portrayed typically. Bonus points for averting HollywoodVoodoo.
21st Jun '16 7:33:05 PM gman992
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** When asked by {{Playboy}} why he/Hollywood does that, King replied, "white liberal guilt."
9th Jun '16 11:04:40 PM WickedIcon
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* ''[[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars Saga]]:'' Mace Windu.
7th Jun '16 2:18:37 PM __Vano
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This can work somewhat as AnAesop about tolerance and not dismissing individuals from underprivileged groups, and it's certainly an improvement on earlier tendencies to either never depict minority characters at all or portray them as villains or idiots. However, ultimately it's usually a moral and artistic shortcut, replacing a genuine moral message with a well-intentioned but patronizing homage to the special gifts of the meek. Minority characters still all too often aren't portrayed as the heroes of their own stories, but as helpers of standard white, able-bodied, middle-class heroes, and they aren't depicted as, you know, actual ''people'' with their own desires, flaws and character arcs, but as mystical, CloserToEarth plot devices. If taken far enough, [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop it may send the message that minorities don't have any problems of own]], nor get frustrated in times of trouble.
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