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->''"You mess with the 'fro? You got to go."''
-->-- '''Undercover Brother''', ''Film/UndercoverBrother''

[[FunnyAfro Afros are funny]].

A particularly large one, no matter how awesome, [[AwesomeButImpractical can be a liability. Especially in physical battle]].

So why do countless badasses, many of whom [[IKnowKarate know karate]], have them? Because they're [[RuleOfFunny funny]] and [[RuleOfCool awesome]]. A sub-trope of FunnyAfro, an Afro Asskicker originated in America's {{Blaxploitation}} era and are usually black Americans and / or connected to the tropes JiveTurkey, SoulBrotha and SassyBlackWoman. One thing you don't want to do to an Afro Asskicker is [[NobodyTouchesTheHair mess with their hair]]. They can be [[BerserkButton rather sensitive]] about it and it will make them fight even harder. (A case of TruthInTelevision, mostly resulting from the fact that afros take a long time to style and must be attended to every day; messing with one undoes up to an hour's worth of work).


* A Chilean ice-cream brand promoted their new chocolate and pineapple ice-creams via a BlaxploitationParody ad. The male lead ("Manso negro" aka "Huge Black Dude", [[ValuesDissonance with the "negro" word not having the same negative implications as in A Certain Word]]), was a badass SoulBrotha with LennonSpecs and a huge afro. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-pe_QWsE5U See it here.]]
* Makmende of Kenyan clothing ads. He also inspired a music group.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The title character of ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo''. To the point that his afro will sometimes be part of his attack.
* Afro of ''Anime/AfroSamurai''
* [[AuthorAvatar Nabeshin]] ([[spoiler:and later, Pedro and his son, Sandora]]) in ''Anime/ExcelSaga''.
* Cosmo Yuki from ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon''.
* Subverted in ''Manga/DragonBall'': Anyone with an afro will be at least a overhyped fighter, if not a FakeUltimateHero (See: Pamphut, Chapa King and Mr. Satan). They're ''all'' BadassNormal though, just not in level of our CharlesAtlasSuperpower-sporting heroes.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', there's Brook, a [[DemBones skeleton]]. Even after his death his afro remained due to having [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum "Deep roots"]]. His hair is actually a plot point as, being an skeleton, he will be no longer recognisable to the [[ItMakesSenseInContext whale he met 50 years ago]] except for his afro; due to him being an skeleton, it won't grow back if damaged. He does anything he can to protect his afro.
** [[AdiposeRex Wapol's]] magistrate Kuromarimo not only had an Afro, but fights ''with'' Afros! They get stuck to the opponent via static electricity, whereupon his partner Chess can set them on fire.
** Then in the Davy Back Fight, when Luffy had a boxing match, it was decided he should wear an Afro wig, since [[MagicFeather that would make him stronger]].[[spoiler: It was PlayedForLaughs [[FunnyAfro at first]], but it ultimately worked.]]
** There's [[spoiler:former]] Fleet Admiral Sengoku, though you rarely see it as he wears a hat. He leads the AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Marines [[spoiler:and later shows that he ate a Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to turn into a giant golden Buddha-like moving statue, afro and all.]]
* Mugen from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''.
* Spike from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' and his green, fluffy [[AmbiguouslyJewish (and fitting?)]] Jewfro.
* Shino and his father Shibi from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' both have afros, but it [[TheStoic would not quite be accurate]] to call either of them a SoulBrotha.
** A slightly straighter example would be Darui, who's actually black, but he's too laid-back and [[ApologizesALot apologetic]] to be considered a SoulBrotha either.
* Garterbelt, from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''. [[LetsGetDangerous Sometimes.]]
* Special mention must go to Chiba of ''Manga/{{BECK}}'', whose 'fro and musical style were directly influenced from [[Music/RageAgainstTheMachine Zac De La Rocha]]. Doesn't hurt that he knows martial arts.
* Subverted with Aizawa from ''Manga/DeathNote'', who has CharacterDevelopment and [[TookALevelInBadass takes some levels in badass]]... when he ''[[ImportantHaircut cuts his afro short.]]''
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Love Aikawa ([[spoiler: an ex-captain Shinigami]] in the side of good) and Privaron Espada Gantebaine Mosqueda (for the Arrancar)

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Mother's Milk in ''Comicbook/TheBoys''.
* Misty Knight and Monica Rambeau from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. Whereas Monica has updated her hairstyle each decade, Misty's afro is so iconic (she was Marvel's answer to the Blaxploitation craze), she has kept it up to the present day.
* Gluk Jones from ''[[Literature/CaptainUnderpants The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future]]''.
* ComicBook/{{Blade}} used to wear a fro back in the 70s in all his vampire killing glory.
* In ''ComicBook/LastManStanding'', [[ScaryBlackMan Abel]] has one. His pet monkey, [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Kane]], [[http://adonihs.deviantart.com/gallery/7848546#/d2zg5hs sometimes]] sports one as well.
* Comicbook/BlackLightning had one once.
* Jones from ''ComicBook/{{XIII}}''
* ''ComicBook/RedRobin'': In the Ünternet Tam Fox decides to wear her hair in an afro and the imagination based powers of the place mean she's a far more effective fighter against than normal. Even in the real world she has Kickboxing and Krav Maga training but she prefers to stay an ActionSurvivor rather than endanger herself needlessly where the consequences are more lasting, and she usually keeps her hair relaxed.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The title character of ''Film/BlackDynamite'', a spoof on {{Blaxploitation}} movies.
* ''Film/{{Coffy}}'', the precursor to ''Film/FoxyBrown.''
* Domino in ''Film/Deadpool2'' is this not just from how big her afro is, but also kicking major ass during the prison transport scene while Wade's spending most of the time trying to play catch-up!
* Film/{{Dolemite}}, for laughs yes but an ass kicker none the less.
* Williams in ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' (played by Jim Kelly) is the UrExample and TropeCodifier.
* ''Film/FoxyBrown'' (the character of the film, not the rapper)
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J62utiPwxj4 ''Savage'']]
* Foxxy Cleopatra (a parody of Cleopatra Jones and ''Film/FoxyBrown'') in ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember''
** Notably, ''not'' [[Film/LiveAndLetDie Rosie Carver]], the FauxActionGirl she's a parody of.
* Speaking of such, Cleopatra Jones herself was also this, but not in the sequel ''[[CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold]]''.
* Samuel L. Jackson's character in ''Film/PulpFiction'', subverts this with a Jheri curl. Apparently they tried dozens of afro wigs and couldn't find anything they liked. They tried the Jheri curl last, almost as a joke, and decided it was perfect.
** Film/JackieBrown is another Tarantino subversion, given that the movie is Tarantino's blaxploitation homage.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother'', of as told by the page quote.
* ''Film/WonderWomen''. The TokenMinority henchwoman, who also engages in clumsy SheFu.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Syrio Forel from ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Arya's LargeHam fencing instructor. It's a good substitute for his BaldOfAwesome in the novels.
* Daisaku Hori from ''Series/SuperRobotRedBaron''. Inspector Kumano has one too, but only when wearing one of his [[PaperThinDisguise disguises]].
* The most iconic Caucasian example of this trope could very well be the [[http://bandbent.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/tombaker_76.jpg Fourth Doctor]] on ''Series/DoctorWho''. (Also, about forty years after Creator/TomBaker's debut as the Fourth Doctor, Danny Pink's IdenticalGrandson [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140914220451/tardis/images/e/eb/Doctor-Who-S08Ep04-Listen-Orson-Pink%282%29.JPG Orson]] made an appearance with a pretty cool greying 'fro.)

* Frank Todd, titular character and one of two main protagonists of ''Literature/TheGeneralist'', has a well-kept afro that he needs to pat down from time to time after the action has settled down.

* Music/{{MC5}} frontman Rob Tyner, with his massive, helmet shaped Afro, combined this with BadassInANiceSuit.
* The Lady of Rage rocked ruff 'n' stuff with her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNqIJ3e0OJw Afro Puffs]]
* Music/JimiHendrix had a huge part in popularizing the Afro. He was also a genuine asskicker, having had much shorter hair a few years earlier as a paratrooper.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Congo Elandon, Ernie Ladd, Raúl Castillo, Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, [[Wrestling/{{GLOW}} Big Bad Mama, Mountain Fiji]], Mohammed Yone, Wrestling/CarlitoColon, Louis Lyndon, [[Wrestling/PrimeTimePlayers Darren Young]], The Human Tornado, Orlando Jordan, D-Ray 3000, The Wrestling/JunkyardDog, Wrestling/JayLethal, [[Wrestling/XavierWoods Consequences Creed]], Kyoko Kimura, [[Wrestling/{{HUSTLE}} HUSTLE Kamen Green]], Marti Belle, Sugar Dunkerton, Wrestling/{{Meng}}, Grizzled Youth, Sabian, Abe Jackson, Rhett Giddins and The {{Wild Samoan}}s were known for having these while they wrestled. Wrestling/AliciaFox occasionally wrestled with an afro as well.
* Wrestling/PamperoFirpo wrestled with a mix between an afro and WildHair.
* Wrestling/AmazingKong has wrestled with twin afro puffs (perhaps getting her Lady Of Rage on, see the music section)
* Princess Jana sometimes had a mix of braids and a pulled back afro.
* The Puerto Rican Hound Dogg has a red, blue and orange afro and a similarly {{multicolored|hair}} beard.
* Mr. Niebla either cut out the top of his mask for one or had an afro wig integrated into his mask during his 2009 run with Peste Negra.
* Jimi Mayhem styled his afro after [[Film/TheLastDragon Sho'nuff]].
* While Nicole Savoy wrestles with her hair down, she [[{{Conversed|Trope}} once posted an idealized picture of herself on twitter armed for battle with a huge afro.]] Apparently it's much easier to maintain in video games than in the ring.
* Wrestling/BlackRose's head got burnt while she was CWS Women's Champion, which put her off [[IconicItem her beloved hot iron]] but not the ring, [[JustifiedTrope leaving her hair to gradually curl into a fro]] as she racked up defenses.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Afro Thunder in ''VideoGame/Ready2RumbleBoxing'' and ''Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2''
* Big Wallop in Atari's ''Ready 2 Rumble Revolution''.
* Mr. Jones of ''VideoGame/PowerInstinct Matrimelee'' and ''VideoGame/RageOfTheDragons''.
* Tiger Jackson from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''
* ''VideoGame/MagicRampage'': The Dude.
* Shinobu Jacobs from ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''
* John Torque, Houston and the Flying All-Star Trio in ''VideoGame/{{Vigilante 8}}''
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': The Demoman can have an afro as his hair.
* Sazh from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. His afro is so awesome there's a baby chocobo living in it.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has Bouffalant, a buffalo Pokémon with Afro hair. It has Head Charge, an Afro-based SignatureMove which is very strong and accurate but does recoil damage to it.
** The Japanese version makes it even more obvious that Head Charge is an afro-based attack: it's actually called "Afro Break!"
** ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' has Flint of the Elite Four, who has a very cool looking red afro.
** Miror B. from ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' has a gigantic afro modeled after a Pokéball. He's also a Cipher Admin in the first game while he's a wandering thief in [[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness the sequel]] who captures the Pokémon you fail to snag.
* Koss in ''VideoGame/GuildWars''.
* The Tunnel Man in ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}''.
* Andrei Ulmeyda, ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}'''s BadassNormal, wears an afro. [[spoiler: Later becomes his weak point after turning into a Heaven Smile and killing all members of the military in the area with his acidic blood. And he has the chance to OneHitKill you.]]
* Saturno, one of the more balanced competitors from ''Capoeira Fighter''.
* Kid Quick and Title Defense Disco Kid in the ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series.
* Todd, the butler of the Schrodinger Family in ''VideoGame/WildArms3'' has an afro. Unlike most examples of the trope, it is to your advantage to attack his hair; by setting it [[PlayingWithFire on fire]], it will deal him DamageOverTime.
* In ''VideoGames/FireEmblemAwakening'', a Female Avatar [[VagueAge with the Second/Younger Build]] can be given an afro as one of her potential hairstyles. If the afro's her chosen 'style, the player will have a tiny, fluffy-haired girl [[BadassAdorable laying absolute devastation on the battlefield]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Subverted by Afro Ninja, a popular viral video where the man attempts to show his asskicking skills [[EpicFail and fails miserably]].
** Double subverted when you figure out this guy is a total badass, missed the stunt only because of jet lag, and after resting up, ''got the job''.
*** And in the movie based on the viral video, he certainly ''does'' kick some ass.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Huey Freeman and Bushido Brown from the ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''.
* K.O. Joe from ''WesternAnimation/ChopSockyChooks''
* Garnet from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''.
* Afro-Man from ''Afro-Man And The Protectors Of The Book Of Knowledge'', though he's more like a [[BadButt "butt" kicker.]]
* [[spoiler: Donna]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' as the superhero Hot Cocoa Bang Bang. Despite only having played the role in a movie, she actually has the moves.
* In WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne, one of the members of S.P.O.R.K., [[FunWithAcronyms (The Secret Paramilitary Organized Response Kommand)]] is Kablamity Jane, a black woman who sports a very large afro.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' has Green Wing, an aged, retired superhero that sports an afro.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/PamGrier is a female variant.
* Wrestling/GeorgeForeman in his prime.
* One of the reasons why [[BadassBiker Marco Simoncelli]] was so famous.
* In addition to starring in films like ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' and ''Film/BlackBeltJones'' Jim Kelly was a middleweight karate champion.
* [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts Mixed martial artist]] Alex "Bruce Leroy" Caceres.
* UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli and Yannick Noah had smaller, compact Afros in their primes.
* The Secondhand Bandit of Chicago robbed banks with an afro wig.