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3rd Jan '17 6:39:04 PM Wyldchyld
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* Foul-mouthed L.J., the walking hip-hop stereotype from ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse''. As can be expected in a horror film: the cool, {{badass}}ed Peyton dies, while the [[TheScrappy offensively annoying]] L.J. ''doesn't''. [[spoiler:Until the sequel.]]

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* Foul-mouthed L.J., the walking hip-hop stereotype from ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse''. As can be expected in a horror film: the cool, {{badass}}ed Peyton dies, while the [[TheScrappy offensively annoying]] annoying L.J. ''doesn't''. [[spoiler:Until the sequel.]]
21st Dec '16 5:21:05 AM LackadaisicalCiconine
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* Kel on ''Series/KenanAndKel'' and later on ''Series/Game Shakers''.

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* Kel Mitchell on ''Series/KenanAndKel'' and later again as Double G on ''Series/Game Shakers''.''Series/GameShakers''.
21st Dec '16 5:19:33 AM LackadaisicalCiconine
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* Kel on ''Series/KenanAndKel'' and later on ''Game Shakers''.

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* Kel on ''Series/KenanAndKel'' and later on ''Game ''Series/Game Shakers''.
21st Dec '16 5:18:39 AM LackadaisicalCiconine
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* Kel on ''Series/KenanAndKel'' .

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* Kel on ''Series/KenanAndKel'' .''Series/KenanAndKel'' and later on ''Game Shakers''.
2nd Dec '16 5:17:28 AM Morgenthaler
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** ...and finally, in the threequel, ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', Creator/SamuelLJackson plays a serious normal (albeit {{Badass}}) store owner who is forced to team up with [=McClane=].

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** ...and finally, in the threequel, ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', Creator/SamuelLJackson plays a serious normal (albeit {{Badass}}) badass) store owner who is forced to team up with [=McClane=].
10th Oct '16 7:38:18 AM Awkwardwizard96
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* People accuse [[Flavor Flav Music/PublicEnemy]] of this.

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* People accuse [[Flavor Flavor Flav Music/PublicEnemy]] of Music/PublicEnemy of this.
10th Oct '16 7:37:30 AM Awkwardwizard96
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* People accuse Music/Flavor Flav of this.

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* People accuse Music/Flavor [[Flavor Flav Music/PublicEnemy]] of this.
4th Oct '16 6:57:42 PM dondonkey
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A black male comic relief character whose role is to amuse the audience by showing the traits that characterize the racist stereotype of black men. Said character will usually be boastful out of danger (but a cringing wreck in the face of it), superstitious ("g-g-ghosts!"), goofy, loud, annoying, and ultimately incompetent. These characteristics make the (usually white) protagonists seem calm, brave, and adept by comparison, even as they make "Tom" laughable.

This is a trope with a long history in Hollywood movies as far back as the 20s. No mystery or old-dark-house movie was complete without the stock character of the cringing black servant or chauffeur. This stereotype was so popular that actors like Lincoln "Stepin Fetchit" Perry even made whole careers out of the role. This in turn was a shamelessly racist adaptation of the old melodrama and theatre trope of the incompetent domestic servant.

The trope saw continued use into the 1990s, but growing racial awareness and an increasing interest in [[ActionHero Action Heroes who just happen to be black]], such as DenzelWashington and Creator/SamuelLJackson, has caused it to gradually lose popularity. Accusations of Uncle Tomfoolery will continue, in part because there are plenty of black actors who happen to be good at comedy, though the 'hip' elements have decreased.

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A black male comic relief character whose role is to amuse the audience by showing the traits that characterize the racist stereotype of black men. Said character will usually be boastful out of danger (but a cringing wreck in the face of it), superstitious ("g-g-ghosts!"), also he will usually be goofy, loud, annoying, and ultimately incompetent. These characteristics make the (usually white) protagonists seem calm, brave, and adept by comparison, even as they make "Tom" laughable.

This is a trope with a long history in Hollywood movies as far back as the 20s. No mystery or old-dark-house movie was complete without the stock character of the cringing black servant or chauffeur.chauffeur who was extremely superstitious . This stereotype was so popular that actors like Lincoln "Stepin Fetchit" Perry even made whole careers out of the role. This in turn was a shamelessly racist adaptation of the old melodrama and theatre trope of the incompetent domestic servant.

The trope saw continued use into the 1990s, 1990s but with the Uncle Tomfoolery character being a duo with the White character, but growing racial awareness and an increasing interest in [[ActionHero Action Heroes who just happen to be black]], such as DenzelWashington and Creator/SamuelLJackson, has caused it to gradually lose popularity. Accusations of Uncle Tomfoolery will continue, in part because there are plenty of black actors who happen to be good at comedy, though the 'hip' elements have decreased.
26th Sep '16 4:27:34 PM DisillusionedJoey
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*** [=McClane=]'s limousine driver Argyle is more or less a straight example of this trope, however.

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*** [=McClane=]'s limousine driver Argyle is more or less a straight example of this trope, however. Except he's not cowardly and effectively takes out the gang's IT guy.
8th Sep '16 9:18:16 AM Darthrai
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* Donkey from the ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' series is voiced by Creator/EddieMurphy and is generally loud, abrasive, hyperactive and deliberately annoying. He serves as the sidekick to main hero Shrek, voiced by the white Creator/MikeMyers.
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