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[[caption-width-right:259:DaChief has a new case for you, gumshoe.]]

There appears to be a growing trend for making the DaChief the polar opposite of the old, white man he always was in the past. There's a new boss in town, okay? And the CowboyCop, or whatever smart-alec subordinate she has better watch out, because she ain't putting up with any of his crap.

The Black Boss Lady is characterized by being a TwoferTokenMinority, both a woman and Black, in charge of probably mostly men in a stereotypically male profession. Right there, you know she's a badass because she must be so good at her job, that even any discrimination which might have been in her way due to either her gender or race was bulldozed flat in two-point-five seconds by her incredible competence.

Because the Black Boss Lady is ''good'', or she wouldn't be where she is today. She's not afraid to take some risk if there is a decent chance of a worthwhile pay off. She presides over her organization with an iron fist, but she's also a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, and will give the CowboyCop (or lawyer, or reporter, etc.) credit where it's due. At first she might seem like a hardass [[ByTheBookCop by-the-book type]] but inevitably they get used to each other, she reveals hidden depths, and the two give each other room to work and come to appreciate the other's strength.

When it comes to drama, her blackness is hardly ever mentioned, her femaleness being the main source of plot. This being so she won't have much of an [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents Urban Accent]] or have many tropes stereotypically associated with blackness. She almost never slips into SassyBlackWoman, for instance. She's also usually very well-dressed, in a business skirt-suit or slacks (nothing even remotely risque), and it's not uncommon for her clothes to be somewhat masculine. Often she has managed to have her cake and eat it too (mostly) in that she has both a shining career and a family.

One could reasonably consider the Black Boss Lady to be the DistaffCounterpart to the BaldBlackLeaderGuy, though the main things they have in common are being black and being leaders (though there's technically nothing in the trope that excludes her from being [[BaldWoman bald]] too). Is also a subtrope of DaChief, most of the time, though this trope isn't restricted to situations were she actually is Da Chief, she just needs to be the boss of whatever organization she's running, e.g. being TheJudge.



[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/AmandaWaller, in Creator/DCComics' ARGUS, Cadmus, ComicBook/SuicideSquad, and related organizations, is widely recognized as one of the few people who can make Franchise/{{Batman}} think twice about messing with her. Heck, she's taken on Granny Goodness (Apocalypse goddess of abduction and right-hand woman to ''ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}'') and walked away.
* In the comic book version of ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'' Wesley's emasculating boss is a black woman.
* Psiren, the leader of Psi-Cops from Creator/MarvelComics's ''ComicBook/{{Warlock}}''.
* Dominique, the only black character in ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', is the boss at Steven Stills, and later Scott's, day job.
* Clark's editor on ''The New Yorker'' in ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretIdentity''.

[[folder: Film]]
* As noted above, Amanda Waller--played by Creator/ViolaDavis--is the boss of the ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'', a group of [[BoxedCrook supervillians she assembles]] to do the government's dirty work in exchange for their freedom. If they don't obey [[BadBoss her]], she activates the [[YourHeadAsplode bombs planted in their heads]].
* Appears in the Paul Verhoeven ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' film. Sky Marshal Dienes, a middle aged white male, is replaced by Sky Marshal Tahat Meru, a Hawaiian. Her attitude and general demeanour speaks to this trope.
* ''Film/KnightAndDay'': Isabel George, the CIA's Director of Counter-Intelligence fits this trope as she is [[DaChief DaChief]], is impeccably dressed, and is a bit of a hardass. [[spoiler: At the end of the movie, she explains to Miller (Tom Cruise), who is restrained in a hospital bed, that the agency will [[OhCrap "transfer you to a secure facility tomorrow... for your safety".]] He stated earlier in the film that when [[TheMenInBlack agents]] say this to you it means that they plan to kill you.]]
* In 1986, audiences applauded when the captain of the USS ''Saratoga'' was revealed to be [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/USS_Saratoga_%28NCC-1887%29_personnel#Saratoga_Captain_.28.CE.B2.29 a black woman]] (played by Madge Sinclair) in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome''.
** She also played Captain Silva La Forge, mother of [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Geordi]].
* The Chief Judge in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'', whose meetings with the title character bookend the movie.
* Carmen Ejogo as President Seraphina Picquery of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem''.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Lucinda Washington, the editor-in-chief of the Chicago office of the Global Weekly in the Literature/LeftBehind book series, and mother of Lionel Washington in the spinoff ''Left Behind: The Kids'' series. In the [[Film/LeftBehind2000 2000-2005 Cloud Ten Pictures film series]], Verna Zee filled the role of Buck Williams' boss, being a CompositeCharacter version of herself and Lucinda.
* Ahuda from the first ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' book is this for the Jane Street Kennel.[[note]]Granted, being black in Tortall isn't as big a deal as being female, which itself is ''less'' of a big deal than in "modern" Tortall.[[/note]] She gets Goodwin, one of the two best cops in the Lower City, to do what she says. When Beka is mocked for falling into a pile of fish the night before, Ahuda steps into the training yard and amply demonstrates that none of the ''other'' trainees are immune to such mistakes either. There's also her BadassBoast to a misbehaving criminal.
--> "Here, I am Queen Bitch, and you will muzzle yourself."
* In ''Literature/IslandInTheSeaOfTime'' and its sequels, Marian Alston rises from being a minor captain in the US Coast Guard who was about to be quietly retired (and whose command, she suspects, was largely due to her being a black woman rather than the Coast Guard's respect for her abilities) to the Commodore of the Republic of Nantucket's burgeoning navy.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* [[DaChief Chief]] from ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego'' (live-action), currently the image provider. Actress Lynne Thigpen was quite good at playing no-nonsense authoritarian types in general.
* Madeleine Hightower, the second boss the fictional CBI (California Bureau of Investigation) receives in ''Series/TheMentalist''.
* ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow'' had Regina Grier as principal of the school the other main characters worked at or attended. Her [[SassyBlackWoman secretary]] even frequently called her "boss lady".
* Colleen Manus, Regional Director for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida's state police, in ''Series/TheGlades''.
* Lt. Tanya Rice, head of Dwight's Memphis city police squad in ''Series/MemphisBeat''.
* Jessica Pearson, Harvey's boss and founder of the law firm in ''Series/{{Suits}}''.
* Lieutenant Van Buren, for many years DaChief in ''Series/LawAndOrder''. Gets extra bonus points for being a full head shorter than every one of her detectives and still commanding their respect.
* Lieutnant Laguerta in ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' also fits the trope in everything except actually being African-American (she's afro-cuban though, so still black). At the start of Season 2, however, she was once demoted in favour of a female Haitian-American officer who proved unable to handle the job because of difficulties in her love life, which is something of a subversion.
* Also in ''Series/{{Detroit 187}}''. This seems also to be common in situations involving social workers.
* Downplayed by Helen from ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', who is black, female, and the manager of the movie theater where Josh works, but is fairly incompetent and, even during her flashes of brilliance, consistently TheDitz.
* Camille Saroyan from ''{{Series/Bones}}''
* Roz from ''Series/RaisingTheBar'', who is the cool, calm and collected head of the PD's office and serves as a contrast to [[{{Jerkass}} Balco]]
* Mrs. Frederick from ''Series/Warehouse13''.
** Also - every other role played by Creator/CCHPounder.
* Victoria "Iron" Gates is TheUmbridge in ''Series/{{Castle}}'' [[spoiler:after the death of Captain Montgomery. [[BaitAndSwitchTyrant She's not as bad as she seems, though]]]].
* A lot of characters on ''Series/{{ER}}'' answer to Dr. Angela Hicks.
** The last season had Catherine Banfield.
* ''Series/NoahsArc'': Brandy.
* Heylia James from ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' definitely qualifies too.
* Captain Claudette Wyms from ''Series/TheShield''. (Creator/CCHPounder again).
* There have been a number of black lady admirals and high-ranking officers on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
* ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' is created and produced by Creator/TyraBanks. She also serves as TheHost and one of the show's resident judge.
* This is a regular feature in series by Creator/ShondaRhimes.
** Miranda "the Nazi" Bailey in ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', particularly in the early seasons when she is in charge of Meredith and the other interns.
** ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Olivia Pope.
** Annalise Keating in ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'', although she is much less polished than most instances of this trope.
* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'': The DA. She typically hides her natural hair underneath a straight-haired wig, but removes the wig when it's time to throw down.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The classic series has Brigadier Winifred Bambera and the new series has Captain Erisa Magambo, both high-ranking UNIT officers.
** And now the nameless [[spoiler: Time Lord general, after her regeneration in Hell Bent. She rocks a bald head, however.]]
** And Liz 10 (Queen Elizabeth the Tenth), ruler of a future Great Britain relocated to [[spoiler: a giant space whale]] in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow The Beast Below]]''.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Capt. Sarah Essen, GCPD: The Captain of the Gotham City Police Department homicide squad and the boss of James Gordon and Harvey Bullock. At the beginning of season 2 she is promoted to Commissioner. Also Maria Mercedes "Fish" Mooney, a nightclub owner and mobster who leads a gang.
* ''Series/{{Forever}}'': Lieutenant Joanna Reece, Martinez' and Hanson's commanding officer at the 11th Precinct. Her culture and childhood come up in one episode about the true authorship of a jazz standard.
* ''Series/{{Blindspot}}'': Assistant Director Mayfair, the FBI higher-up [[spoiler:with a mysterious past]] in charge of Agent Kurt Weller's team.
* Ms Janine Davies, the Human Resources Manager who is tasked with calling the boys at Caltech to order, speaking very plainly to them about behavioural lapses, and handing out disciplinary sanctions, in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''.
* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Inspector Priscilla Ridley, Misty Knight's commanding officer at the 29th Precinct. To a lesser extent, Captain Betty Audrey, before she's pushed out due to Rafael Scarfe's corrupt activities happening on her watch.
* Hilariously parodied and discussed in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. Dennis claims to be a [[ManOfAThousandVoices master of impressions]], so Dee challenges him to do Creator/CCHPounder (who, as noted by her many entries on this page, is one of the walking embodiments of this trope). Dennis repeats a line from ''Series/TheShield''--"GODDAMN IT, DUTCH! WHAT OTHER ERRANDS DO YOU HAVE US RUNNING FOR THE D.A.?"--and wins praise from Charlie, Mac, and Frank. Dee takes Frank to task, as he doesn't even know who Pounder is; Frank responds that, judging from the impression, her character is "a no-nonsense black broad from the precinct", which is a spot-on summary of the Black Boss Lady in fiction.
* In ''Series/OddSquad,'' the head of precinct #13579 is Ms. O[[spoiler:prah]]. She doesn't suffer fools gladly and is genuinely considered scary to some of the agents.
* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'', when Chief Deputy Marshall Art Mullens is injured in the line of duty, he makes Rachel, the only black Deputy Marshall in the office, his interim replacement. It's made clear that he intends for her to replace him when he retires at the end of the year.
* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', when Death is [[spoiler:killed]], he's replaced by the reaper Billie, a pretty, black lady.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Amanda Waller, again, in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' cartoons, as head of Cadmus and Warden of Belle Reve penitentiary respectively.
* The Principal in ''WesternAnimation/SitDownShutUp''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has the current leader of the Crystal Gems, Garnet, who, despite being a non-organic being, is still coded as a black woman.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* This is getting pretty common in some parts of the U.S. Many black women have to be both the major breadwinner and head of household for their families, and have discovered that this can be good training for management positions. Case in point: Washington, D.C., which is a majority African-American city, and which in consequence naturally has a large black component in the federal civil service, the city's largest employer, including supervisory positions.