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The large, dark, swarthy fellow who insists loudly that he didn't do it. If he's the only non-white about, he [[WronglyAccused usually didn't]].

Knox's 5th rule of {{Fair Play Whodunnit}}s forbids these.

See also ScaryBlackMan.



[[folder: Film ]]

* Desolation Williams at the beginning of ''Film/GhostsOfMars''. It doesn't help that he's a wanted murderer.
* The defendant in ''Film/TwelveAngryMen''.
* Subverted in ''Film/WhiteMansBurden'', since the entire movie is a race flip, the whites are the scary minority suspects, as the protagonist finds himself on the wrong end of.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Inverted in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''. After an assassination attempt on a major Klatchian official, Commander Vimes of the Watch immediately suspects everybody ''except'' the Klatchians, [[spoiler:who turn out to be behind the murder attempt after all.]]
** Coalface in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' is the FantasticRacism counterpart; a dwarf was killed, he's a troll, as far as Mayonnaise Quirke of the [[BadCopIncompetentCop Day Watch]] is concerned, you don't need any more evidence than that.
* Tom Robinson in ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''.
** Although Tom is a very nice man who isn't scary in the least, and of course, is completely innocent. However, most of Maycomb assume he is a scary minority suspect who did rape Mayella because of the prevailing racist attitudes of the time.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Pretty much every episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' will have either him or one or more HighSchoolRejects as their first suspect of interest.
* Mocked on ''Series/TheWire''. When a white man is giving a discription of Omar Little to Bunk, he describes Omar as huge and so is his gun. Bunk and another black detective share a chuckle over their in-joke: BNBG - Big Negro, Big Gun.
* Subverted in one episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}''. While the Scary Black Man the [=CSIs=] first suspect didn't actually kill the murder victim (the murder was actually done by [[spoiler:the white pedophile who offered his services as a "consultant" to Grissom]]), he ''did'' [[WouldHurtAChild viciously beat the victim and his friend]] while he was babysitting them, which made them run out of the house until they were picked up by the real killer. He's arrested on assault and battery charges; it's noted that he'd indirectly contributed to the boy's death even if he didn't actually kill the kid himself.
* Seen several times on ''Series/TheGoodWife''; season 1's episode "Conjugal" and season 2's "Nine Hours" are good examples. Both are [[RaceAgainstTheClock death row cases]] to boot.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' doesn't typically go for this, but it had a heck of a LampshadeHanging in one episode. A juror died in the middle of a trial, and another juror immediately skipped town, making himself look guilty. When they bring him in, he explains that he saw a "big, scary black guy" glaring at him as it happened and figured that meant he was next. Said big, scary black guy thus becomes a suspect but is quickly cleared.


[[folder: Stand-Up Comedy ]]

* Patrice O'Neal has a bit where he discusses how this trope makes him afraid when a white woman walks by him:
-->Oh Jesus, I hope nobody kills this white woman because I'ma get blamed for it.