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[[caption-width-right:320:Tyler Perry and his alter ego Madea]]

->''"The typical [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Winston Jerome]] story starts with a beautiful, educated, professional black woman trapped in a troubled marriage with the [[UnfortunateImplications brown-skinned]] bald dude from [[LawandOrder Law & Order]].Then, a dude who looks like Shemar Moore shows up as the shirtless, [[ButNotTooBlack light-skinned]] gardener who just got out of jail. At first she acts like she doesn't like the light-skinned gardener, but eventually gets to know him and sees his sensitive side. Being a good Christian woman, she gives her marriage one last chance because Jesus said so. Just when the brown-skinned dude from Law & Order is about to hit her, here comes the shirtless gardener. The woman and the gardener kiss, having found true love through Jesus."''
-->-- ''TheBoondocks'', "Pause"

'''Tyler Perry''' is a mega-successful playwright/director/actor/producer/author whose film ''Diary of a Mad Black Woman'' shocked mainstream box office watchers by opening at #1. It was perhaps less of a surprise to his African American fanbase, who are familiar with his popular stage plays (from which ''Mad Black Woman'' and several other of his subsequent films were adapted), as the demographic for his films centers on black America.

Perry is perhaps most physically recognizable as his alter ego Madea, a [[ComedicSociopathy violence-prone]], [[SassyBlackWoman loud-mouthed]] [[NeverMessWithGranny grandmother]] who has appeared in many of his movies. Madea is a contraction of 'Mother Dearest' = "Ma" Dea(r), a term used in the vernacular of many black Americans in the Southern U.S.

He and his work provoke a strong LoveItOrHateIt reaction. Some people appreciate his focus on church-going black middle-class characters, both as the subject of his stories and as the audience he typically courts (both of which have long been ignored by mainstream Hollywood). He has also earned respect for being a self-made millionaire who has managed to find success outside of the Hollywood system, and for casting talented black actors and actresses who are otherwise underutilized by Hollywood.

However, he's also been criticized for UnfortunateImplications on several fronts. Some critics point out that Madea would be considered an EthnicScrappy if she were created by a white director, that educated black people in his plays/movies are frequently portrayed as villains while blue-collar black men are presented as virtuous, that corporal punishment and violence are viewed as acceptable punishments for rowdy children, and that it relies too much on [[Literature/TheBible the Gospel]] as the solution to all life's problems. Given the popularity of such films, it may either be [[PanderingToTheBase pandering]] or [[ValuesDissonance cultural conflicts]].

Regardless of which side of the fence one falls on, Perry's success is inarguable.
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!!Tyler Perry's movies:
* ''DiaryOfAMadBlackWoman'' (2005)
* ''Film/MadeasFamilyReunion'' (2006)
* ''DaddysLittleGirls'' (2007)
* ''Why Did I Get Married?'' (2007)
* ''Meet The Browns'' (2008)
* ''TheFamilyThatPreys'' (2008)
* ''MadeaGoesToJail'' (2009)
* ''I Can Do Bad All By Myself'' (2009)
* ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009) in a cameo as an admiral.
* ''Why Did I Get Married, Too?'' (2010)
* ''ForColoredGirls'' (2010)
* ''Madea's Big Happy Family'' (2011)
* ''Good Deeds'' (2012)
* ''Madeas Witness Protection'' (2012)
* ''Film/AlexCross'' (2012) based on the JamesPatterson book ''Cross'' in his first major film role where he only acts.
* ''Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor'' (2013)
* ''A Madea Christmas'' (2013)

!! TV Shows

* ''House of Payne'' (2007-2012) Lasted 254 episodes
* ''Meet The Browns'' (2009-2011)
* ''For Better Or Worse'' (2011-)
* ''Series/TheHavesAndTheHaveNots'' (2013-)
* ''Love Thy Neighbor'' (2013-)

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!!Tyler Perry's works contain examples of the following tropes:

* AmoralAttorney: Charles from ''DiaryOfAMadBlackWoman'' is this.
** Linda from ''Madea Goes to Jail''.
** Jim Cryer from ''The Haves and the Have Nots''
* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder: Regardless of how you may feel about his works, you can't question his work ethics. Working on so many projects (films, television, theaters, literature) had made him [[http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-09-13/entertainment/30173758_1_forbes-list-browns-and-house-tyler-perry the highest paid man in Hollywood.]]
* AuthorAppeal: Majority of his works are influenced by his faith.
* Literature/TheBible: His works are filled with Baptist Christian influences.
* BlackComedyRape: Jokes on prison rape.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Another staple in Perry's plays, nearly to the point of RunningGag. Madea has been known to stop giving lines and fuss at people who came to the play late ''in character.'' There are also points where Perry will go off script and point out that they are in a play.
-->'''Vienne''': Madea, go upstairs to your room and close the door!
-->'''Madea''': Girl, dis a play, there ain't no room and no door! ''(cue audience and cast laughter)''
* BrokenBird: Many of his heroines.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Averted, his films take place in and are filmed in {{Atlanta}}. In fact, he currently lives thereband the mansion that Helen and Charles lived in in ''DiaryOfAMadBlackWoman'' is his mansion.
* ComedicSociopathy: Usually centered around Madea's violent tendencies and belief in corporal punishment.
* DeepSouth: Most of his movies take place in Atlanta, and several jokes are made about Madea's Southern black accent ("Good mornting!" "Hallelujer!").
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: One of the biggest criticisms against Perry's plays. He toned it down in the films.
* FamilyDisunion
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: in ''Madea's Big Happy Family,'' [[spoiler: Byron finds out that his older sister is actually his mother.]]
* GodIsGood: Both in his works and in [[AuthorAppeal real life.]]
* HeyItsThatGuy: Perry himself caused this reaction in ''Film/StarTrek''.
* HoldMyGlasses
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: In a few movies, but most notably ''Madea Goes to Jail''. That one was played by [[ContractualPurity Keshia Knight-Pulliam]], a.k.a. [[TheCosbyShow Rudy Huxtable]].
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: [[TheSoup Tyler Perry Productions In Association With Tyler Perry Presents Tyler Perry's]] ''[[TheSoup Tyler Perry]]'' [[TheSoup Featuring Tyler Perry As Tyler Perry]].
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: averted in ''For Colored Girls'']]
* JerkAss: Madea is quite possibly the biggest asshole as of late on the big screen or theatre. Granted, she does have her JerkWithAHeartOfGold moments, but even then....
** She's also a serious KarmaHoudini. In anything resembling the real world she would have been in jail years ago. In the films when she actually does go to jail she not only gets out early on a technicality, but she becomes a media darling used as an example of how corrupted the legal system has become.
* KarmaHoudini: Madea, as mentioned directly above.
** A more obvious version would be Mike from ''Why Did I Get Married?'' He verbally abuses, belittles and cheats on his obese wife, Shelia, spills the delicate secrets of his friends and their wives (and in the process, creates problems within the marriages), leaves said wife high and dry, is essentially a boorish, self-important JerkAss...and is still accepted into their inner circle (and with his male friends, almost like nothing ever happened!) He finally receives karma (of sorts) in ''Why Did I Get Married, Too?'', but even then, it's considered [[DisproportionateRetribution unfitting.]]
* MartyStu: 'About half of his male characters, namely almost everyone in ''Why Did I Get Married?'' (and its sequel) and the HenpeckedHusband in ''TheFamilyThatPreys''.
* {{Melodrama}}: Chock-full of it.
* MoodWhiplash: Especially prevalent in his Madea films.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Madea, just Madea.
* NeverTrustATrailer: His movies tend to be advertised as being about Madea and her wacky hijinks. In reality, she usually serves as simple comic relief in otherwise heavy dramas.
* NotScreenedForCritics: None of Perry's films. He feels, not wholly without justification, that critics with mainstream white readership are unlikely to have the necessary background to understand his message.
* OscarBait: His adaptations of ''Push'' and ''For Colored Girls...''. Succeeded the first time.
** Although in the case of ''Precious'' (the adaptation of ''Push''), the movie had already been finished, screened, and reviewed by the time he had signed on as Executive Producer. He had no input on the actual movie, but his name recognition (along with that of OprahWinfrey) allowed the movie to get a better theatrical distribution deal.
* PluckyComicRelief: Madea
* PrettyInMink: In the Aspen scenes in ''Film/WhyDidIGetMarried'', the women are wearing some pretty fancy fur coats.
* ProductionPosse: He has a group of actors that appear in most of his movies, due to the continuity between them.
* RagsToRiches: He had a rough childhood and was abused by his father, was molested as a child, and was homeless for a period of time. He now is rated by ''Forbes'' magazine as being the sixth highest paid man in Hollywood, and his movies have grossed more than $400 million worldwide.
* RapeAsDrama: PrisonRape.
** Then there's that scene from ''For Colored Girls''...
** It's probably a good bet that the woman or women who unrelentingly hates men in the beginning has been raped at one point or another.
** Perry himself was molested as a child
* RealitySubtext: Most if not all of his heroines have some sort of sexual abuse or assault in their background; Perry himself said on ''Oprah'' that he was molested on three separate occasions as a child.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Most, if not all, of the female protagonists in his movies are this.
* SpotlightStealingTitle: Many of the movies are titled after Madea and are advertised as being about Madea, despite the fact that she is usually not the main character.
* TalkingToHimself: Between Medea, Uncle Joe, and the man himself.
* TeamMom / TeamDad: Madea always serves as these in both the films and plays.
* ThrowItIn: Not sure if this still goes on, but in his early days of nothing but stage plays, a lot of the lines/interaction of the characters was obviously improv and was subject to change based on the city of the performance.
* TokenWhite: [[http://www.cracked.com/video_18212_the-5-white-characters-in-every-tyler-perry-movie.html This video]] lovingly parodies the five white characters in a Tyler Perry movie.
** Subverted in Witness Protection, where the main character is white and his family play big roles.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Perry himself, in his Madea persona. It's doubtful that any of his films will concern any actual ''characters'' who are {{Wholesome Crossdresser}}s.
* WriterOnBoard: A lot of these films are his biases, and things taken from his life.
* WolverinePublicity: [[BreakoutCharacter Madea]] [[SubvertedTrope inititally.]] Over the years, Perry has begun to focus less on Madea, even if her name is still in the title.

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