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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}}''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Williams in ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' (played by Jim Kelly) is the UrExample and TropeCodifier.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother'', of as told by the page quote.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J62utiPwxj4 ''Savage'']]
* The title character of ''Film/BlackDynamite'', a spoof on {{Blaxploitation}} movies.
* ''Film/FoxyBrown'' (the character of the film, not the rapper)
* 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/{{Coffy}}'', the precursor to ''Film/FoxyBrown.''
* Dolemite, for laughs yes but an ass kicker none the less.
* ''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.
* [[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.