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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 ("No Chinaman must figure in the story.") forbids these.

See also ScaryBlackMan.



* Patrice O'Neal had 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."

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Desolation Williams at the beginning of ''Film/GhostsOfMars''. It doesn't help that he's a wanted murderer.
* Very little is known about the defendant in ''Film/TwelveAngryMen'' except that he's some kind of ethnic minority. Despite this, most of the jurors are eager to say he's guilty and get the trial over with, although only the most vindictive juror admits to outright racism.
* Inverted 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 it when two black cops harass him because he "fit the description" of another suspect. Another white man notes that black cops are scared of white ghetto people because they think they look like ghosts at night.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Inverted in the 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.