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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]]...
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** 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.
14th Jan '17 6:40:14 AM TheUnknownUploader
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** Another episode shows Tracy plying one of these characters. [[WordSaladPhilosophy Badly]].
14th Jan '17 6:33:58 AM TheUnknownUploader
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12th Jan '17 3:39:20 PM EthanMallove
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* Basquiat - biographical drama film based on the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
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