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->''"Who's the master?!"''
-->-- '''Sho'nuff'''

A 1985 {{Blaxploitation}}/[[MartialArtsMovie Kung-Fu movie]], in which the pious martial arts student Leroy Green (AKA "Bruce Leroy") who, having practiced and studied for years under his Master's patient tutelage, finally attains the pinnacle of skill possible while a student. To finally achieve his pursuit of "The Glow", a manifestation of perfect kung fu, Leroy must leave his master's supervision and go out into the world and reach this "final level" on his own. Along the way he saves the local distressed damsel, and goes up against the villainous duo of Sho'Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, and white business mogul Eddie Arkadian. Quite enjoyable, in an utterly brain-dead over-the-top kind of way.

Not to be confused with the novel ''Literature/LastDragon''.

!!Contains examples of:

* ArrogantKungFuGuy -- "Sho'Nuff!!"
* ArrowCatch - Leroy is deemed ready to leave his training when he is able to catch the right arrow [[DontThinkFeel without understanding]] how he did it.
* AscendedFanboy - Leroy is ''really'' into BruceLee.
* BadassBoast -- "Who's the master?! Sho'Nuff!! Shogun of Harlem!!"
* BattleAura - Leroy spends the movie trying to understand how to call upon [[PowerGlows "The Glow"]]. He is more than a little surprised [[spoiler: when Sho'Nuff summons it without effort]].
** But only in his hands. A true Master's entire body glows.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Leroy is generally a kind, respectful, and mild-mannered guy, but harm innocent people or his loved ones and he'll make you pay for it!
* BloodKnight: Sho'nuff fights only for the supremacy of battle and the spoils of victory. Every action he takes is to goad Leroy into a fight. When Arkadian offers him a BriefcaseFullOfMoney, he refuses it, telling Eddie that the fight against Leroy is payment enough.
--> '''Sho'nuff''': "Keep your money. You just get that sucker to the designated place at the designated time, and I will gladly designate his ass... for dismemberment!"
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Offered to and refused by Sho'nuff
* BondVillainStupidity: Sho'Nuff and his gang insist on martial arts beatdowns. The media-obsessed Arkadian's desire to "put on a show" is more important to him than immediately winning; he even [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim stops one of his henchmen]] from shooting Leroy during a big staged fight. Once the show is over, however..
* CarnivalOfKillers - Mr. Arkadian's response to Leroy's repeated [[CurbStompBattle beatdowns]] of his thugs.
* CatchPhrase: Sho'nuff has a call-and-response catchphrase. First he asks "Who's the master?!" then his gang will respond with an emphatic "SHO'NUFF!"
** In the climax, as he beats the stuffing out of Leeroy he tries to force him to acknowledge defeat by doing engaging in the call and response. Unfortunately for him, Leeroy gets his HeroicSecondWind and instead responds with "''I am.''"
* ChekhovsGun: Sho'Nuff mocks the stories he's heard of Leeroy, including that he "catches bullets with his teeth! Nigga ''please.''" At the end of the movie, you can probably guess what Leroy does.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Arkadian's carnival of killers (mixed with Sho'Nuff's gang) are easily handled by Leroy and his students. The fight with Sho'nuff is much more difficult for him.
* CowardlyLion: Johnny.
* DeliveryGuyInfiltration: Leroy succeeds only because the guards are all drunk and stoned. It's not that they're too blitzed to recognize him either, it's because they had the munchies and he was carrying a pizza.
* DumbMuscle: Rock is an odd variant, in that Arkadian uses him like this in spite the fact that he's an absolutely terrible fighter. He also gets in a [[DeadpanSnarker few good lines]].
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Sho'Nuff's gang.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: Most notable in the theater.
* EvilIsHammy: Sho'nuff and Eddie. That is all.
* ForeignCultureFetish Leroy is decidedly an Asian-phile; wearing stereotypical "rice paddy" garb, speaks Chinese and eating everything (including movie popcorn!) with chopsticks. He's taken it so far that he no longer fits in with his own culture at all, but would probably be perfectly at home in China.
** Leroy isn't the only one. Consider the Chinese guys who run the fortune cookie factory. They dress and act sterotypically black and speak jive turkey slang. Leroy runs into them part way through the movie. When they meet it could also be considered a StereotypeFlip.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Get him girls, maybe you can get a rise out of this limp... wimp..."
* GroinAttack: The signature attack of Leroy's little brother. His attempt to take on the baddies is abruptly ended by a {{Mook}} with the foresight to wear a cup.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Leroy's lacking in self-esteem, and it's holding him back.
* HeyItsThatGuy Jonny's younger brother? You might remember him as Keno from the second TMNT movie. Or the lead in ''Surf Ninjas.''
** Oh, William H. Macy, how ''could'' you?
** Recognize Leroy's little sister? It's [[TheCosbyShow Keisha Knight-Pullam]].
** Eddie Arkadian's girlfriend? That's Faith Prince. She's had a bit of a side career on Broadway.
** Sho'nuff went on to play Lord Bowler alongside Bruce Campbell in Brisco County Jr. He would even later play Angela's military father on ''BoyMeetsWorld''.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Angela Viracco (who was GoodAllAlong) pulls one of these while delivering a genuinely badass verbal beatdown to Eddie Arkadian.
* InformedAttribute: Sho'nuff allegedly all but controls Harlem. However his gang consists of about five people, and even though he has a reputation, no one seems particularly intimidated by him until he starts beating people up.
** When Eddie recruits Sho'nuff at his dojo, a lot more of his pupils/lackeys can be seen.
* InformedFlaw: Angela isn't as bad a singer as she's supposed to be, especially considering this is the 80's.
** Considering her actress has had a mildly successful career on Broadway it's probably StylisticSuck.
* IntercourseWithYou: Vanity's "7th Heaven" is...not a subtle song.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong
* KidAnova: Leroy's brother fancies himself as this.
* KneelBeforeZod: Sho'Nuff's repeated demands for Leroy to acknowledge his greatness.
* LargeHam: Sho'nuff, Eddie Arkadian and their mooks. Angela and Leroy's brother also qualify.
* LovedOnesMontage
* MagicFeather - Leroy's mentor gives him a secret talisman used to unlock "The Glow". It turns out to be a belt buckle.
* MartialPacifist: Leroy.
* TheMaster -- "Sho'Nuff!!"
** [[spoiler: Bruce Leroy.]]
* NWordPrivileges: "Catches bullets, WITH HIS TEETH?! Nigga Please..."
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Leroy was a badass and competent martial artist at the start of the film. But due to the events of the plot set largely in motion by Eddie Arkadian, Leroy [[spoiler: advances to "the final level" and attains "The Glow".]] Becoming nearly unstoppable.
** Sho'nuff is clearly more powerful than Leroy, having mastered the first level of The Glow. As he repeatedly [[HumiliationConga beats down a fallen Leroy]] to try and get him to [[DudeWheresMyRespect admit that Sho'nuff is the master]], Leroy discovers the inner strength he needs [[spoiler: to surpass Sho'Nuff.]]
* NonActorVehicle - Vanity remains better known as a singer than an actress
** The movie centers around Taimak's martial arts skills. He had ''never'' acted before in his life [[{{Narm}} and it shows]], though his odd delivery actually works pretty well for a guy as socially-awkward as Leroy.
* ObliviousToLove: Leroy's a bit too eccentric to pick up on Laura's interest in him, at least until she grabs his head and plants one on him.
* OddlySmallOrganization: Sho'nuff and his gang.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Thinking he's knocked out Sho'Nuff, Leroy turns his back on his body. Then there's a yell of "Leroy!", to which Leroy turns around to find Sho'Nuff gone.
* OhCrap: Arkadian and Sho'Nuff when Leroy [[spoiler: awakens to the Glow.]]
** Leroy also gets one when Sho'Nuff gets The Glow.
* PowerGlows - According to the movie, a true master of Kung-Fu literally lights up when he fights.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Leeroy isn't the wittiest protagonist, but in the climax, he turns Sho'nuff's rhetorical "Who's the master?!" around on him by responding with "I AM!" before unleashing a serious beatdown on the villain.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: The three Asian rapper wannabes. Reversed with Bruce.
* PunnyName The master Leroy is sent to find is named Sum Dum Goy.
** His study of martial arts and Chinese culture has earned Leroy the nickname [[BruceLee Bruce Leroy]]. It's actually so pervasive that some people/tropers spell his name Le''e''roy even when they are leaving out the "Bruce".
* QuirkyMinibossSquad - Mr. Arkadian's gang of fighters is... colorful.
** Special mention goes to Sho'Nuff's gang of thugs dressed in camouflage, sporting pads, and silk robes.
*** Albino. Biker. Santa.
**** With a MOHAWK.
* ScaryBlackMan -- "Sho'Nuff!!"
* ScreamingWarrior: Johnny, one of Leroy's students, theorizes that people are naturally afraid of screaming Asian guys -- and discovers that intimidation works better when you don't explain exactly how it works in front of the guy you're trying to scare. Later when he [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous]], he incorporates a lot of kiais into his fighting.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Leroy's refusal to fight Sho'Nuff leads to his father's pizza place getting wrecked.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Angela Viracco gave one to Eddie before she left him for good.
* TricksterMentor - Leroy's sensei teaches him the deeper meaning of Kung Fu primarily by sending him on wild goose chases.
* UncleTomFoolery: Subverted, as the [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy ''Chinese'' characters engage in this...]]
* UrbanFantasy: The Glow is what pushes it over the top.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: As mentioned above, Rock's about to shoot Leroy, but is stopped by Arkadian, who doesn't want all the effort he put into his CarnivalOfKillers to go to waste. Later Arkadian decides to shoot Leroy himself, [[spoiler: but by then Leroy actually ''can'' catch bullets in his teeth.]]
* WorldOfHam
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