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[[caption-width-right:350:The Klansman costume: when no one is supposed to know you're racist.]]

->''How the hell are we supposed to introduce ourselves?! "Hello, we're the new death-dealing miltia of white supremacy, we're called the "Ku Klux Klan", affiliated with the "Wip Wap Wop" and the "Bingly Bongly Boo". We're easy to recognize, we're the ones wearing bedsheets and peeking out through the eyeholes of the massive pointy hats we wear over our faces!"''
-->-- ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook''

The UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan has appeared a lot in fiction, especially in the DeepSouth. As one of the most well-known hate groups in history, and with their [[IconicOutfit distinctive white robes]] and [[InTheHood pointed hoods]], they are commonly found as {{Politically Incorrect Villain}}s. They almost always will have [[AmericanAccents drawling accents]], [[HairTriggerTemper be hot-tempered]], drop plenty of {{Cluster F Bomb}}s and - ironically - be [[DumbMuscle as dumb as bricks]] (ironic because its earliest members had been classically educated, and "Ku Klux" itself was [[WickedCultured inspired by the ancient Greek word for "circle")]].

Related tropes are ThoseWackyNazis, WhiteGangbangers, and UsefulNotes/RebelsWithRepeaters.

Not to be confused with TheClan.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Klansmen show up in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''. They're hired by a meat magnate, Odin Quincannon, to kill Jesse to prevent him from interfering in his business, but they prove to be an incompetent bunch of morons who fail to provide much of a threat. Jesse even puts out one of their burning crosses with a stream of urine. Odin himself is not a member, but he panders to the Klan to earn their loyalty by constantly spouting racial tirades to the point that even the Klan get tired of it.
* In the ECComics story "Under Cover!" (''Shock [=SuspenStories=]'' #6), a reporter who witnesses a woman captured and flogged to death by the Black Vigilante Society (who are the KKK in all except name and hood color) finds that he is their next target.
* The Arctic Nation in the ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'' album of the same name is a mix between this [[ANaziByAnyOtherName and the Nazi Party]]. At the beginning they wear uniforms resembling Nazi party ones complete with red armbands, and later wear ones resembling those of the KKK. Because this is a setting of PettingZooPeople, they're [[FantasticRacism white fur supremacists]].
* Real American from ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'' was appearance-wise an EvilCounterpart to Commander Steel wearing a Klan hood, with one of his victims being Amazing Man, who because of his at-the-time matter-mimicking power survives the assault. As it turned out, Real American was actually a robot.
* ''ComicBook/{{Bamse}}'': The adventure ''Något luktar--men vad?'' (Something smells--but what?) has Knocke and Smocke trying to drive out a just moved-in family of skunks. They get help from other characters by dressing up as Klansmen in white sheets, nighttime meetings, and carrying torches.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheBirthOfANation'' was one of the earliest films ever, and portrayed the KKK as heroes. It garnered widespread controversy as well as critical acclaim, and it's credited with helping spark the revival of the Ku Klux Klan in the 20th century.
* The Klan appears in ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'' as enemies midway through the movie, as Everett, Pete, and Delmar must rescue their friend Tommy from the Klan. They are generally mocked, and their cross lighting ceremony features a humorous reference to the Winkies in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. The Klan is also portrayed as not having the support of the local population. After a politician (who has already annoyed the crowd) lets slip that he's a Klansman, he gets literally ridden out on a rail.
* Featured prominently in ''Film/MississippiBurning''.
* In ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', among the many criminals recruited into the outlaw army of the bad guys are a number of Klansmen. The heroes use their sheets to hide in the crowd, but Bart blows his identity when he reveals his black hands.
* In ''Film/ForrestGump'', Gump says he was named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
* In the Samuel L. Jackson remake of ''Film/{{Shaft}}'', a black man named Trey was dining in a mainly "upper class" restaurant and was racially harassed by a Jerkass white diner named Wade. After ignoring the first few public insults, Trey walks over to Wade's table, cuts two holes in his cloth napkin, and puts it on top of Wade's head, where it resembles a KKK hood, to the laughter of some of the onlookers.
* ''Film/BadBoys II'' has Mike and Marcus shooting it out with a chapter of the Klan in the movie's first major shootout.
* The raunchy high school boys from the second ''Film/{{Porkys}}'' film scheme to get even with some corrupt politicians and Klan members.
* In Creator/QuentinTarantino's film ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' there's a scene PlayedForLaughs in which a prototype of the Klan struggle to get ill-fitting hoods on.
* The Ku Klux Klan plays a pretty big role in ''Film/ATimeToKill''. They support Carl's conviction (he murdered two white rapists who were likely to get off scot free for molesting his daughter), and Freddie Lee Cobb (whose grandfather was a Klansmen) enlists their help to sow mayhem. They protest in front of the courthouse, starting a riot with a black crowd, which interupts the court's proceedings. The Grand Wizard is killed, but Freddie and the remaining Klan members continue to intimidate and send death threats to Jake to make him step down as Carl's defense attorney. He doesn't.
* Humorously portrayed in the Richard Pryor comedy ''Film/BustinLoose'', as they end up helping a bus load of school children get out of a mud hole, only to fall face first into the mud.
* Fletch in the movie ''Film/FletchLives'' disguises himself as a member of a local Klan group while he is working on a case in Louisiana about his aunt's lawyer's murder.
* In ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'', the titular duo encounters a group of Klansmen engaging in a white power rally. They ambush two of them and [[MuggedForDisguise steal their robes]] in an attempt to hide. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''Film/StormWarning'' (1951), a model goes to a small town to see her recently married sister. Minutes after she gets off the bus, she sees all the lights on the town's main street being suspiciously switched off, and then witnesses the Klan carrying a man out of a local jail and killing him. When she meets her brother-in-law, she recognizes him as a member of the lynch mob.
* ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'': As a joke, the black prisoner Lamont holds up a piece of cloth as a Klansman's hood and mocks the DeepSouth hick stereotype associated with it. Earlier, Derek (a Neo-Nazi) also dismisses them as a bunch of disorganized idiots and claims to have higher standards. In fact, [[IResembleThatRemark that describes his own gang quite well]].

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The Literature/SherlockHolmes story ''The Five Orange Pips'' features a client who unwittingly inherited secrets belonging to the KKK. Holmes figures out the Klan's game, [[spoiler:but is unable to save his client's life]]. Quite possibly the only work ever to portray the Klan as scarily competent traceless assassins. [[spoiler: Holmes still managed to essentially scare them from returning to land, resulting in them dying at sea, at least, so he got payback.]]
* A minor enlisted character in ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}: Crusade'' is described as a "Kard-Karrying Klansman", and is noted to have put on shows in blackface on our Earth. He ends up being lynched by USS ''Walker's'' other enlisted men after [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raping a Lemurian female]].
* ''The Clansman'', the 1905 novel by Thomas Dickson, which inspired ''Film/TheBirthOfANation''.
* ''Literature/RollOfThunderHearMyCry'' is about a black family in the 1930s and they have several encounters with the KKK.
* The father of one of the protagonists in ''Literature/FoolOnTheHill'' was in the (Third) Klan, and brought his son into the children's auxiliary, which is described as not that different from the Cub Scouts ... from the perspective of a ten-year-old. Looking back, the college-age protagonist considers it a permanent stain on his character.
* They are featured in ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', portrayed as a gentleman's organization needed to protect vulnerable white woman from "bad" freed slaves looking to rape, rob and pillage--a major sequence finds them going out to avenge an attack on Scarlett.
* Langston Hughes' brief and disquieting poem "Ku Klux" is a first person account of being abducted by a group of Klansmen who demand to know "Do you believe in the Great White Race?"
* ''The Klansman'' is a novel by William Bradford Huie, made into a 1974 film starring Lee Marvin. The novel recounts what happens to an African American man in a small town in the South after a young white woman is sexually assaulted and beaten. Events spiral out of control when a sniper shoots a Ku Klux Klan member at a funeral.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* An episode of the HistoryChannel series ''Gangland'' featured the Imperial Klans of America.
* On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' the Klan are a problem for Nucky Thompson because he gets a lot of his political support from the black community and the black gangster Chalky White is one of Nucky's main associates. In season one when one of Chalky's people is lynched, Nucky allows him to torture a Klan leader for information. In season two, the Klan has its revenge when they attack Chalky's liquor warehouse and kill four of Chalky's men. When Chalky kills one of the Klansmen in self defense, Nucky has to pull a lot of strings so Chalky is not tried and executed for murder. However, the Klan has little power in Atlantic City so they are never too serious a problem for Nucky.
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' features [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cCiuZanl_4 a sketch]] about how the KKK aquired their distinctive uniforms.
* ''Series/ChappellesShow'' featured the blind, black KKK member Clayton Bigsby, [[YouAreWhatYouHate who was unaware of his own race.]]
* There's an episode of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' in which the titular alien meets the Klan. After discovering what they're about, [[KarmicTransformation he uses his alien powers to turn them into people of diverse ethnicities]], which they discover when they remove their hoods.
* The Klan used to be frequent guests on daytime talk shows, especially ''JerrySpringer.''
* An episode of ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'' has a Denver banker bringing them to town and enticing the men to join, in response to Grace and Robert E. buying a house in the middle of town. Things escalate to where he's nearly hanged.
* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Joy's half-sister [[SassyBlackWoman Liberty]] pays her neighbor to be part of her wrestling act. The neighbor plays [[{{Jobber}} the role of "The Klanimal]]."
* A hilarious example in the {{Series/Switch}} parody of Series/GermanysNextTopModel. The models present Ku Klux Klan costumes to the jury. The jury-member Bruce Darnel , an american negro and AmbiguouslyGay LargeHam (actual Hoecker in BlackFace) says: ''This makes me feel so hot, I feel ... fire''. Then Heidi Klum (who is married to the (black) rapper {{Music/Seal}} say : ''I will take this ghost-outfit home, to suprise my husband''.
* ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''; in one episode, Blair's deceased grandfather had willed a generous bequest to Peekskill to build a school library. After learning that her grandfather was in the Klan, Blair tried to stop the bequest, not wanting her school associated with the Klan. Mrs. Garrett suggested that she should instead enjoy the irony; that after a lifetime of promoting intolerance, her granddad's money would be used to educate.
* The ''Radio/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' example sited in "Radio" below was mentioned in ''{{Qi}}'', in the fourth series episode "Descendants".
* In a two-part episode of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', Archie Bunker joins a BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats only to be nonplussed on realizing that he's unknowingly joined the KKK, who are planning to burn a cross in "commie" Michael's front yard. Archie may be racist, but EveryoneHasStandards, and he withdraws his membership on the grounds that he's black, because [[ContinuityNod he once had a blood transfusion from a black woman]].

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/TheRamones' hit song "The KKK Took My Baby Away".[[note]]Joey, a [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies liberal]], wrote the song as a TakeThat to the [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies right-wing]] Johnny for stealing his girlfriend.[[/note]]
* Music/ElvisCostello's "Tokyo Storm Warning" mentions a KKK group "stranded at the bar", but being out of their element they're pretty harmless.

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* ''Radio/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' had a famous story arc where the Man of Steel himself took on the "Clan of the Fiery Cross", a [[{{Expy}} thinly-disguised version]] of the Ku Klux Klan. It's credited with hamstringing a revival by making them seem rather silly; this was mostly the work of Stetson Kennedy, a human rights activist who infiltrated the Klan and fed the writers of ''Superman'' detailed information on actual Klan rituals and code words in order to trivialize them. The Klan tried to retaliate with an ineffectual boycott of Kellogg's (one of the show's biggest sponsors), but the damage was already done; kids were playing games of CowboysAndIndians with the kid in the Superman jammies as the cowboy and the kids with white pillowcases over their heads as the Indians.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The Humanis Policlub in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' is a human-supremacist organization that is very Klan-like in its overall manner. They despise all metahumans, but they hold a particular hatred for orks and trolls.
* Psychotic racist supervillain White Knight in ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' dresses in something closely resembling a Klan uniform.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In Clare Boothe's play ''Kiss the Boys Good-Bye'', SouthernBelle Cindy Lou is asked if her Senator father is a Klan member with "a nice new white shirt laid out in the attic somewhere," and she indignantly replies: "Oh, cos he hasn't got a ''new'' one. -- He has my Granddaddy's which is seventy-five years old."
* In the climax of "The Foreigner", by Larry Shue, the Klan attacks Betty's lodge, led by the obviously evil Owen Musser. "This here's the Klan, y'all! Y'all don't fool with the Klan!" Later on, it is revealed [[spoiler: that the Reverend David Lee, who was engaged to Betty's guest Catherine, was working with Owen, and only wanted Catherine for her money.]]
-->'''Charlie''': He was...Sheethead?\\
'''Catherine''': Yep, [[PrecisionFStrike he was a shithead]].

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The Fraternal Order of the Raven in ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' is a [[{{Expy}} Klan-like]] group that wear blue robes and hoods and revere John Wilkes Booth as a hero and patron saint, referring to Abraham Lincoln as a traitor for freeing the Blacks.
** What makes them worse, is that they're sanctioned by the government of Columbia.
* In ''LiberalCrimeSquad'', the Ku Klux Klan is referenced in a free speech related new story (Free speech advocates fight to allow a supremacist rally to take place, complete with ASCIIArt representing the KKK), and if one of your activists is judged by a very conservative jury, the game informs you of the mess you are in by saying "Three of the jurors are members of the KKK".

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Appear several times in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', most notably in "Chef Goes Nanners" and Cartman's ghost costume in "Pinkeye" resembles a KKK robe, much to Chef's dismay.
-->'''Chef:''' What the hell's wrong with you boy?!\\
'''Cartman:''' I'm trying to get candy!
** It's not his fault. He had come to school in an AdolfHitler costume, and a disapproving Principal Victoria tried to cover that up with a [[BedsheetGhost ghost sheet]] but [[DiggingYourselfDeeper left the tip of the hood pointed]].
** In another episode the town is set upon by rich people (who just so happen to be black), and the rank-and-file residents try to get rid of them. Mr. Garrison proposes dressing up like [[BedsheetGhost ghosts]] and burning "lower-case Ts" for "Time to leave", on their lawns. In both cases, the rich people see these displays as [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike exactly what Garrison intended them to be.]]
* The KKK is often mocked in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'' had an animated segment on one episode called ''Laser Klan'', featuring a group of actionized Klansfolk working for the President (Obama) to defend the nation against an alien invasion.
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