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23rd Oct '16 6:45:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheFamilyMan'': Cash

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* ''Film/TheFamilyMan'': CashCash is the black man who sends Jack to a WhatIf universe to show him what his life might have been if he had taken different choices. It's never stated, though implied, that he's a Jack's guardian angel.
21st Oct '16 7:40:10 AM kyeo
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* ''Film/TheLegendOfBaggerVance'': Bagger Vance; notably, the film is very loosely based on the ''Bhagavad Gita'', with Vance in the role of Krishna, so it's implied that Bagger Vance is actually ''{{God}}''. Admittedly, this is a fairly appropriate translation of the original story. The easiest way to get [[ValuesDissonance Western audiences]] to understand the extreme social distance between the prince Arjuna and his charioteer is to portray "R. Junnah" as white and "Bagger Vance" as black in the Jim Crow South.

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* ''Film/TheLegendOfBaggerVance'': Bagger Vance; notably, the film is very loosely based on the ''Bhagavad Gita'', with Vance in the role of Krishna, so it's implied that Bagger Vance is actually ''{{God}}''. Admittedly, this is a fairly appropriate translation of the original story. The easiest way to get [[ValuesDissonance Western audiences]] to understand the extreme social distance between the prince Arjuna and his charioteer is to portray "R. Junnah" as white and "Bagger Vance" as black in the Jim Crow South. Still, that very location begs the question of whether it was a good idea to write a black character seemingly unaffected by the racism of the period and only interested in helping out white people.
9th Oct '16 4:53:30 AM erforce
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* In the second ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film, the black voodoo lady Tia Dalma seemed to be a MagicalNegro. However, the third film revealed [[spoiler:Tia Dalma to actually be the sea goddess Calypso]] who is searching for a way to [[spoiler:be freed from her mortal body]], and she's [[ChaoticNeutral not necessarily on ]]''[[ChaoticNeutral anyone]]''[[ChaoticNeutral 's side but her own.]]

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* In the second ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film, ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', the black voodoo lady Tia Dalma seemed to be a MagicalNegro. However, the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd third film film]] revealed [[spoiler:Tia Dalma to actually be the sea goddess Calypso]] who is searching for a way to [[spoiler:be freed from her mortal body]], and she's [[ChaoticNeutral not necessarily on ]]''[[ChaoticNeutral anyone]]''[[ChaoticNeutral 's side but her own.]]
27th Sep '16 7:13:31 PM TheNerevarine
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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 ''O Auto da Compadecida'', it could be taken literally.

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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 ''O Auto da Compadecida'', ''Film/OAutoDaCompadecida'', it could be taken literally.
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.]]
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