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7th May '17 6:15:19 PM Golondrina
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* Neatly subverted by Shepherd Book in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. He may be Serenity's resident mentor and act as TheConscience for the Caucasian crew members, but he's not the holy man he appears to be -- [[spoiler:he's the man who killed him.]]

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* Neatly subverted by Shepherd Book in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. He may be Serenity's resident mentor and act as TheConscience for the Caucasian white crew members, but he's not the holy man he appears to be -- [[spoiler:he's the man who killed him.]]



* ''TheVampireDiaries'' is known for its portrayal of Black Witches. Witches on the show are predominantly Black, and most Black characters are witches. Witches, the most powerful supernatural characters, are shown to be descendants of slaves, although this is not openly acknowledged or referenced. Although they are incredibly powerful, witches- or Black witches are subservient to the Caucasian characters. What rare insights we are given to the world of witches, we are made to understand that most magic is done selflessly for the benefit of white characters, or to "preserve the balance" of nature. Notably, Emily Bennett worked as Katherine's handmaid. In addition, she used her powers to provide her and other vampires immunity from sunlight. ''Why'' she would do this despite obviously not approving of the "vampire lifestyle" is apparently a IOweYouMyLife situation that is never expanded on. The subtext isn't really helped by the series being set in the American South.
** One of the main characters of the show, Bonnie Bennett, is given very little screen time or character development. Her plot lines are rarely taken out of the context of being a witch. Like the other Black witches, she selflessly aids the Caucausian characters in the show. Furthermore, Bonnie is used a vehicle for plot development and white character growth. Bonnie's love interests often use her as a pawn; the love interests are usually villains that first, attempt to get to Bonnie for her magic, and second, and more importantly, their use of magic always involves a Caucasian character (revenge on a vampire, saving Elena, etc.) . Bonnie's dynamic reinforces the master-slave dynamic in this way; while Bonnie is powerful, because she is Black and powerful, the purpose of her magic is to serve the white characters.

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* ''TheVampireDiaries'' is known for its portrayal of Black Witches. Witches on the show are predominantly Black, and most Black characters are witches. Witches, the most powerful supernatural characters, are shown to be descendants of slaves, although this is not openly acknowledged or referenced. Although they are incredibly powerful, witches- or Black black witches are subservient to the Caucasian white characters. What rare insights we are given to the world of witches, we are made to understand that most magic is done selflessly for the benefit of white characters, or to "preserve the balance" of nature. Notably, Emily Bennett worked as Katherine's handmaid. In addition, she used her powers to provide her and other vampires immunity from sunlight. ''Why'' she would do this despite obviously not approving of the "vampire lifestyle" is apparently a IOweYouMyLife situation that is never expanded on. The subtext isn't really helped by the series being set in the American South.
** One of the main characters of the show, Bonnie Bennett, is given very little screen time or character development. Her plot lines are rarely taken out of the context of being a witch. Like the other Black witches, she selflessly aids the Caucausian characters in the show. Furthermore, Bonnie is used a vehicle for plot development and white character growth. Bonnie's love interests often use her as a pawn; the love interests are usually villains that first, attempt to get to Bonnie for her magic, and second, and more importantly, their use of magic always involves a Caucasian white character (revenge on a vampire, saving Elena, etc.) .). Bonnie's dynamic reinforces the master-slave dynamic in this way; while Bonnie is powerful, because she is Black and powerful, the purpose of her magic is to serve the white characters.
24th Apr '17 4:55:56 PM Gowan
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Rue.

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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Played with in ''Literature/SorcererToTheCrown'': Zacharias Wythe is black and uses magic. But then, as the titular Sorcerer to the Crown, the magic is kind of expected. He takes on a mentor role to Prunella, who is not ''quite'' white, and also doesn't need to have her life fixed at all - that she should learn magic is Zacharias' idea, which she agrees to go along with as part of a deal.
* %%''Literature/TheHungerGames'':
Rue.
7th Apr '17 2:53:57 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Film/{{Dogma}}'': Rufus is somewhat of a parody. And according to Rufus, {{Jesus}} is the UrExample. Taking in consideration the Brazilian movie ''Film/OAutoDaCompadecida'', it could be taken literally.

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* ''Film/{{Dogma}}'': Rufus is somewhat of a parody. And according to Rufus, {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} is the UrExample. Taking in consideration the Brazilian movie ''Film/OAutoDaCompadecida'', it could be taken literally.
12th Mar '17 11:02:24 AM nombretomado
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** MitchBenn would probably agree:

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** MitchBenn Music/MitchBenn would probably agree:
17th Feb '17 9:53:28 AM mkmckoy
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->"Hey, this is the MagicalNegro. Like in the movies, where the black character is just there to help the white guy on his journey. And he mainly speaks in folksy sayings. I dont know much about'' blah blah.'' But a mans gotta have his ''blah.''

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->"Hey, ->''"Hey, this is the MagicalNegro. Like in the movies, where the black character is just there to help the white guy on his journey. And he mainly speaks in folksy sayings. I dont know much about'' blah blah.'' But a mans gotta have his ''blah.'''
6th Feb '17 6:08:25 PM asshamburger
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** [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Samuel L. Motherfuckin' Jackson]] who chained Christina Ricci to correct her sinful ways in the film ''Film/BlackSnakeMoan''.
3rd Feb '17 6:18:17 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** ''Film/TheMagicOfBelleIsle was criticized by some for being another vehicle for Freeman to play this trope. In this case, however, Freeman's character is the protagonist, and while he does seem to fulfill the Magical Negro role to his neighbors on the island, they play an equal role in his character's development. Freeman's race is not only a non-factor in the story, it is never even mentioned or alluded to. It seems likely the character (a writer of western novels) was not even written as black.

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** ''Film/TheMagicOfBelleIsle ''Film/TheMagicOfBelleIsle'' was criticized by some for being another vehicle for Freeman to play this trope. In this case, however, Freeman's character is the protagonist, and while he does seem to fulfill the Magical Negro role to his neighbors on the island, they play an equal role in his character's development. Freeman's race is not only a non-factor in the story, it is never even mentioned or alluded to. It seems likely the character (a writer of western novels) was not even written as black.



* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' has a parody of a Magical Negro in the "Wise Janitor"...played by Creator/MrT.

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* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' has a parody of a Magical Negro in the "Wise Janitor"... played by Creator/MrT.



** A bizarre twist and possible subversion -- the protagonist's mentor who gives him sagely advice and a beer whenever he needs to unwind and talk about his troubles, while a very stereotypically grizzled and kindly old black man, is also...the protagonist's son. Such are the vagaries of being an unaging immortal (the kind who can have kids but can't pass on the immortality).

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** A bizarre twist and possible subversion -- the protagonist's mentor who gives him sagely advice and a beer whenever he needs to unwind and talk about his troubles, while a very stereotypically grizzled and kindly old black man, is also... the protagonist's son. Such are the vagaries of being an unaging immortal (the kind who can have kids but can't pass on the immortality).



** On the other hand, it's completely subverted by Eko. While he seems to be a Magical Negro priest who tries to restore Locke's "faith", he's actually [[spoiler:not a real priest, but a former brutal drug lord in disguise]]. Oh, and he's [[TooDumbToLive so idiotic he tries to use dynamite to blow open a blast door]]...
** Locke initially seems to fit the role of a strange white version of a Magical Negro, possessing mystical, almost shamanistic knowledge and a deep, unexplained communion with the island, always ready to dispense nice bits of pop-wisdom and jungle smarts...that is, until later in the series when he goes from subservient shaman spirit-guide to full-blown [[MessianicArchetype Messiah]]. And then crazy person/gullible dupe, responsible for much ill-advised StuffBlowingUp.

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** On the other hand, it's completely subverted by Eko. While he seems to be a Magical Negro priest who tries to restore Locke's "faith", he's actually [[spoiler:not a real priest, but a former brutal drug lord in disguise]]. Oh, and he's [[TooDumbToLive so idiotic he tries to use dynamite to blow open a blast door]]...
door]]....
** Locke initially seems to fit the role of a strange white version of a Magical Negro, possessing mystical, almost shamanistic knowledge and a deep, unexplained communion with the island, always ready to dispense nice bits of pop-wisdom and jungle smarts... that is, until later in the series when he goes from subservient shaman spirit-guide to full-blown [[MessianicArchetype Messiah]]. And then crazy person/gullible dupe, responsible for much ill-advised StuffBlowingUp.



* ''Series/AmericanGothic1995''. Although Mrs. Holt is certainly mysterious, wise, and spiritual enough to be a Magical Negro. The extent of her 'magic spell' to help sway the judge in Caleb's custody hearing is...a nice big bowl of homemade chicken soup. Aside from some hints at African tribalism in her ancestry, a bit of voodoo, and some understanding of how the Afterlife works, she dispenses only common sense advice.
** In one episode her [[GoodIsImpotent ineffectiveness in protecting Caleb from evil]] is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when Buck, after being thwarted by her interference, apparently makes her verge on choking to death -- presumably he does not kill her because [[NotWorthKilling she's that small a blip on his radar]] (or such a petty thing would be beneath him). And the advice she gives Caleb regarding Merlyn's spirit being laid to rest is quite sound, namely "don't mess with the dead." Too bad Caleb doesn't listen, and in trying to help her move on instead brings her back...with [[WellIntentionedExtremist unfortunate]] [[LightIsNotGood results]].

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* ''Series/AmericanGothic1995''. Although Mrs. Holt is certainly mysterious, wise, and spiritual enough to be a Magical Negro. The extent of her 'magic spell' to help sway the judge in Caleb's custody hearing is... a nice big bowl of homemade chicken soup. Aside from some hints at African tribalism in her ancestry, a bit of voodoo, and some understanding of how the Afterlife works, she dispenses only common sense advice.
** In one episode her [[GoodIsImpotent ineffectiveness in protecting Caleb from evil]] is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when Buck, after being thwarted by her interference, apparently makes her verge on choking to death -- presumably he does not kill her because [[NotWorthKilling she's that small a blip on his radar]] (or such a petty thing would be beneath him). And the advice she gives Caleb regarding Merlyn's spirit being laid to rest is quite sound, namely "don't mess with the dead." Too bad Caleb doesn't listen, and in trying to help her move on instead brings her back... with [[WellIntentionedExtremist unfortunate]] [[LightIsNotGood results]].



* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', season 4 episode 21, Barney and Marshall are aided in a prank by an African-American security guard they randomly meet at "the bar" ([=McLaren=]'s). He speaks in a deep, resonant voice and quotes Pablo Neruda ([[ContinuityNod Ted's favorite poet, as stated in "The Naked Man"]]). He then walks out of their lives...

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* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', season 4 episode 21, Barney and Marshall are aided in a prank by an African-American security guard they randomly meet at "the bar" ([=McLaren=]'s). He speaks in a deep, resonant voice and quotes Pablo Neruda ([[ContinuityNod Ted's favorite poet, as stated in "The Naked Man"]]). He then walks out of their lives...lives....
31st Jan '17 8:58:52 AM Morgenthaler
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** When asked by {{Playboy}} why he/Hollywood does that, King replied, "white liberal guilt."

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** When asked by {{Playboy}} Magazine/{{Playboy}} why he/Hollywood does that, King replied, "white liberal guilt."
15th Jan '17 3:40:33 PM mkmckoy
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->''"Friendly black optimistic advice"''
-->-- ''WebVideo/ATrailerForEveryAcademyAwardWinningMovieEver''

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->''"Friendly ->"Hey, this is the MagicalNegro. Like in the movies, where the black optimistic advice"''
-->-- ''WebVideo/ATrailerForEveryAcademyAwardWinningMovieEver''
character is just there to help the white guy on his journey. And he mainly speaks in folksy sayings. I dont know much about'' blah blah.'' But a mans gotta have his ''blah.''
-->--'''Kenneth''', ''Series/{{Speechless}}''


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* Kenneth discusses this trope on ''Series/{{Speechless}}'' (cited in the Page Quote above) when he realizes JJ is similarly pigeonholed as InspirationallyDisadvantaged.
15th Jan '17 9:39:25 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->Then how did you show me all those places?\\
-->Girl, I am high on PCP! I was gonna ask you how you was followin' me.

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-->Then -->'''Woman:''' Then how did you show me all those places?\\
-->Girl, '''Dave:''' Girl, I am high on PCP! I was gonna ask you how you was followin' me.
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