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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.
29th Aug '16 9:36:47 PM bwburke94
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See also: EthnicScrappy, PluckyComicRelief, BlackDudeDiesFirst, ModernMinstrelsy. Contrast: MagicalNegro, WhoopiEpiphanySpeech. Compare and contrast SoulBrotha, when blatant use of Arican-American sterotypes makes character look awesome, not laughable. Characters who embody this trope will sometimes be on the receiving end of StopBeingStereotypical. Descendant of MinstrelShows.

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See also: EthnicScrappy, PluckyComicRelief, BlackDudeDiesFirst, ModernMinstrelsy. Contrast: MagicalNegro, WhoopiEpiphanySpeech. Compare and contrast SoulBrotha, when blatant use of Arican-American sterotypes these stereotypes makes character look awesome, not laughable. Characters who embody this trope will sometimes be on the receiving end of StopBeingStereotypical. Descendant of MinstrelShows.
13th Jul '16 7:35:37 PM Usernumber2920
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* Killer Bee from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. He's [[HotBlooded hot-headed]] and a total goof with a love of watermelon [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} goofball]] who always communicates in rap, and his first appearance has him basically [[OneOfTheKids playing hooky]]. However, being one of [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass the most powerful shinobi]] in Hidden Cloud Village, he is ''also'' a ScaryBlackMan (as Sasuke finds out the hard way), and this combination has led to him becoming an EnsembleDarkHorse. Beating [[CreatorsPet Sasuke]] half to death certainly didn't hurt, nor did being one of the nicest, most affable characters in the franchise.

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* Killer Bee from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. He's [[HotBlooded hot-headed]] and a total goof with a love of watermelon [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} goofball]] who always communicates in rap, and his first appearance has him basically [[OneOfTheKids playing hooky]]. However, being one of [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass the most powerful shinobi]] in the Hidden Cloud Village, he is ''also'' a ScaryBlackMan (as gives Sasuke finds out the hard way), fight of his life, and this combination has led to him becoming an EnsembleDarkHorse. Beating [[CreatorsPet Sasuke]] half to death certainly didn't hurt, nor did being one of the nicest, most affable characters in the franchise.
19th May '16 7:44:10 PM erforce
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* Inverted in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' where Ernie Hudson's Winston Zeddmore is pragmatic and unfazed by all the weirdness and an all around grounding presence for the team, while the excitable comic relief goes to Dan Aykroyd's Ray Stanz instead.

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* Inverted in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' where Ernie Hudson's Creator/ErnieHudson's Winston Zeddmore is pragmatic and unfazed by all the weirdness and an all around grounding presence for the team, while the excitable comic relief goes to Dan Aykroyd's Creator/DanAykroyd's Ray Stanz instead.



* Martin Lawrence's character Terrance in ''NothingToLose''.
* Mike Epps character Reginald Wright in ''Film/AllAboutTheBenjamins''.
** Let's not forget Day-Day in the last two ''Franchise/{{Friday}}'' films either.
* Dave Chappelle plays another one of these type of characters in the ''Film/ConAir'' as Pinball.

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* %%* Martin Lawrence's character Terrance in ''NothingToLose''.
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''Film/NothingToLose''.
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Mike Epps character Reginald Wright in ''Film/AllAboutTheBenjamins''.
** %%** Let's not forget Day-Day in the last two ''Franchise/{{Friday}}'' films either.
* %%* Dave Chappelle plays another one of these type of characters in the ''Film/ConAir'' as Pinball.
2nd May '16 5:03:31 PM eroock
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