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->''"In this movie, a black guy is accidentally put in charge of an advertising firm, and then revolutionizes the business with the built-in irreverent street wisdom all black guys in movies have. Since then, about 10 movies identical to it get made every year. Because like my college textbook said, years of research into marketing and advertising will never be as successful as a noisy man who likes to dance and says 'motherfucker!' at the end of all his sentences."''
-->-- '''Seanbaby''' on ''Film/PutneySwope''

In the 1980s, the growing awareness of a multicultural United States resulted in the casting net being thrown a little wider, racially speaking, than it had been before. But with {{Blaxploitation}} movies on the downswing, and mainstream projects with black casts being cancelled after the huge financial disappointment of ''TheWiz'' in 1978 (according to the Medved Brothers' ''The Hollywood Hall of Shame''), [[MinorityShowGhetto the perceived financial viability of a black-led movie was low]].

To that end, producers looking to make movies with black cast members generally went for one of two options. The first was to have a WhiteMaleLead go around blowing stuff up and give the second-biggest non-romantic role - the PluckyComicRelief - to a black guy. The black guy, fitting racial stereotypes of the time, would be streetwise and speak in [[JiveTurkey urban slang]], and - because he has to play second fiddle to the hero - be comical and cowardly. This is a trope with a long history in Hollywood movies - as far back as the 20s, no mystery or old-dark-house movie was complete without the stock character of the goofy, cowardly black servant or chauffeur following. This stereotype was so popular that actors like Lincoln "Stepin Fetchit" Perry even made whole careers out of the role. In turn, this was a shamelessly racist adaptation of the old melodrama and theatre trope of the cowardly comic servant.

The other option, which was more popular with big-name stars like EddieMurphy, was to make the black guy a hero but put him on roughly an equal billing with a white character as a SaltAndPepper pairing. Of course, the black guy would generally still be streetwise and get on the nerves of his strait-laced white pal. Black America, it seemed, was [[SoulBrotha uniformly 'hip']]. Examples are Eddie Murphy in ''[[FortyEightHours 48 HRS]]''. and [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Eddie Murphy]] in ''TradingPlaces''.

This trend continued, with varying degrees of success, into the 1990s (though there had been aversions for decades before that - see Creator/SidneyPoitier, below), but growing racial awareness and an increasing interest in [[ActionHero Action Heroes who just happen to be black]], such as DenzelWashington and Creator/SamuelLJackson, has caused the trope to gradually lose popularity. Accusations of this trope will continue, in part because there are plenty of black actors who happen to be good at comedy, though the 'hip' elements have decreased.

The trope's name is derived from "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_tom Uncle Tom]]," which is a common slang term for a black person who is excessively subservient to white people. If you read the [[Literature/UncleTomsCabin original novel]], you'll have to wait a long time before Uncle Tom turns into a groveling stereotype. In fact, you'll have to wait through the entire book, because Uncle Tom is willing to die for his dignity. It was later portrayals on stage and screen that warped the character, as postbellum America was unwilling to accept a good, strong, wise black man. Engaging in Uncle Tomfoolery is sometimes referred to as "tomming."

No connection to BlackComedy or [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster's]] uncle, Tom Travers.

See also: EthnicScrappy, PluckyComicRelief, BlackDudeDiesFirst, ModernMinstrelsy. Contrast: MagicalNegro, WhoopiEpiphanySpeech. Characters who embody this trope will sometimes be on the receiving end of StopBeingStereotypical.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA14cagdtwo This]] State Farm commercial.
* The Everest College commercials.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' has Creator/SamuelLJackson playing both TheStoic eponymous {{Samurai}} (something he's usually known for) and the very mouthy, comic relief sidekick Ninja Ninja.
* Metabee from ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'' is voiced to be a ScaryBlackMan. He's [[HotBlooded hot-headed]] and a total goof with [[UnfortunateImplications a love of watermelon]].
** Considering Metabee is a ''beetle'' type medabot, his love for watermelon might be FridgeLogic.
* Killer Bee from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' initially seems to be this. He's a complete [[CloudCuckooLander goofball]] who always communicates in rap, and his first appearance has him basically [[OneOfTheKids playing hooky]]. However, being one of [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass the most powerful shinobi]] in Hidden Cloud Village, he is ''also'' a ScaryBlackMan (as Sasuke finds out the hard way), and this combination has led to him becoming an EnsembleDarkHorse.
** Beating [[CreatorsPet Sasuke]] half to death certainly didn't hurt, nor did being one of the nicest, most affable characters in the franchise.
* Don Kanoji from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' at least starts out this way.
* Bobby, the American Buddhist Monk from ''Manga/BinbogamiGa'', is not only a lecher, but also selfish and lazy, refusing to help the other protagonists until they bribe him with women.
* Chocolove from ShamanKing (whose name was changed to Joco in English releases for obvious reasons,) who's even a (terrible) comedian, and his backstory has him as a former New York gangster. Though he has more traditional offensive powers, a lot of his powers are joke-based and used to make spirits laugh to make them more vulnerable.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Parodied in a ''ComicBook/DamageControl'' comic. When an action movie is made about Damage Control, the well-spoken, well-dressed comptroller Albert Cleary is horrified to see he's been depicted as a wacky black sidekick from the ghetto. [[BlackDudeDiesFirst And then killed off, naturally]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Mushu in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''. Creator/RogerEbert said it best: "a black dude in medieval China?" This is more a function of Creator/EddieMurphy's standard roles than anything else.
* Oscar the fish voiced by Creator/WillSmith in the animated film ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Creator/EddieMurphy seems to do a lot of these.
** ''Film/TradingPlaces'' is mainly a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of such character types. Murphy's character is completely capable of being a strait-laced businessman if given the opportunity.
* Often played by Chris Tucker.
** In the first ''Film/RushHour'', Tucker is supposed to be playing a loudmouthed, reckless cop who plays by his own rules, in contrast to the badass but reticent and by-the-book Jackie Chan. This classic SaltAndPepper / OddCouple pairing grew more into Uncle Tom Foolery in the sequels, where Tucker's character became [[{{Flanderization}} more shrill and wacky]], abandoned actual policing for successful stereotyping, and surprisingly became an incredibly competent fighter.
** In ''Film/TheFifthElement'', Tucker plays Ruby Rhod, a [[AffectionateParody loving parody]] of musician {{Prince}}, who gets paired with Bruce Willis' invincible Korbin Dallas in the final act. Rhod spends most of the final act [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRIrg-bAU-w screaming in terror]].
** Tucker's character in ''Money Talks''.
* ''Film/EventHorizon'' had a cool, wisecracking black guy for the comic relief and a cool, heroic, strait-laced black dude for TheCaptain. The former was one of the survivors thanks to some MacGyvering action on his part and the latter was only killed off in the requisite HeroicSacrifice finale, making this a mild aversion.
* Argyle, TheSmartGuy from Roger Corman's ''Film/BlackScorpion'' film and TV series.
* Inversion: In ''Film/BladeTrinity'', the BadAss hero is a black guy and the jokey sidekick is white.
* ''Film/AnacondasTheHuntForTheBloodOrchid'' almost crosses UncleTomfoolery back over into EthnicScrappy territory, several times.
* In ''Literature/StuartLittle 3: Call of the Wild'', the character of Reeko the skunk (voiced by Wayne Brady).
* Marlon Wayans has practically made a career out of this, some of his other examples being ''Mo Money'', ''Little Man'', ''Film/{{Norbit}}'' and ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons''.
* ''Film/LethalWeapon'' flipped the formula, with a suicidal and crazy white man partnered to a by-the-book family man. However, as the series continued, the white man got less suicidal and the black man got less uptight.
** Chris Rock averts this role in ''LethalWeapon4'', as he gets saddled to ''two'' heroes, one of whom is black and plays a middle role of being neither insane nor too by-the-book.
* Interestingly, ''Film/DieHard'' flipped this ''a lot'', firstly with the white BruceWillis playing a wildcard trigger-happy cop whose only ally on the outside was a desk-riding black man who hadn't discharged a firearm on the job in years, ever since accidentally killing a child.
** And the FBI agents who turn up to take over the scene are a white man and a black man who have the same last name and the same ''extremely'' by-the-book style. In fact, the bad guys are counting on it, as their plan only works if the FBI ''do'' go by-the-book.
*** The white agent even tries to play this one straight.
--> "Just like fuckin' Saigon, hey, Slick?"
--> (Nodding, smiling) "I was in junior high, dickhead."
** [=McClane=]'s limousine driver Argyle is more or less a straight example of this trope, however.
** In the second film, his ally, the straight-laced and bookish airport engineer, Leslie Barnes, is another aversion/inversion...
** ...and finally, in the threequel, ''Die Hard With a Vengeance'', Samuel Jackson plays a serious normal (albeit {{Badass}}) store owner who is forced to team up with [=McClane=].
* Foul-mouthed L.J., the walking hip-hop stereotype from ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse''. As can be expected in a horror film: the cool, [[BadAss badassed]] Peyton dies, while the [[TheScrappy offensively annoying]] L.J. ''doesn't''. [[spoiler:Until the sequel.]]
* Parodied by Dave Chappelle in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''. While this was a pastiche of other Robin Hood films (especially the Costner version), because of the extremes that this role sometimes goes to in a movie playing it straight, this rather exaggerated parody was actually not that far off the norm.
* Creator/MichaelBay's ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'' features a few version of the trope who are technically SpaceJews, since they're actually robots ''behaving'' like stereotypical black people.
** Jazz adopts noticeably JiveTurkey mannerisms and is [[spoiler:[[BlackDudeDiesFirst the only one to die]]]]. He is, however, played straight as a heroic character.
** In ''Revenge of the Fallen'', Skids and Mudflap adopt borderline racist black mannerisms and are characterized by their cowardice and stupidity in contrast to the other heroic Autobots. Their faces in robot mode look like early 20th century portrayal of African-Americans -- buck teeth, bulging eyes, and large ears. One of them has a gold tooth. They bust out ghetto slang constantly, and even threaten to "pop a cap" in someone's ass. The creators (and voice actors, one of whom is black) defended themselves by claiming that the characters were supposed to be lampoons of "wiggers."
** There's also human examples in Bernie Mac and Creator/AnthonyAnderson's characters. "Grandma don't like nobody on her carpet, especially po-lice!"
* Subverted in ''The Movie Hero''. The hero, who believes that his life is a movie (no matter what his psychiatrist says), advertises for a sidekick, but is reluctant to accept the only applicant, a black guy, explaining that he wants to avoid this trope. The guy, Antoine, ultimately convinces him that although he does happen to be a young black comic, he will not embody the cliche.
* Parodied in ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' with "The Token Black Guy", who claims that part of his job description as, well, [[TokenMinority the token black guy]] is to stand around saying "Damn!" "Shit!" and "That is whack!" When he encounters another Token Black Guy at a party, he points out that only one of them is allowed per teen movie, so the second guy apologizes and leaves.
* Orlando Jones averts this in ''Film/{{Evolution}}''. They also lampshade it several times during the movie.
* Eddie Griffin plays this role opposite Orlando Jones (who fills the strait-laced role, though he's ''also'' black) in ''Double Take''. They then [[PersonalitySwap trade identities]], which leads to them parodying each others' archetypes,[[spoiler: before it turns out that Griffin's character is actually an FBI agent and his "wacky black guy" persona was a cover]].
** Phil La Marr, who was one of two Black Guys on ''Series/MadTV'', [[{{Lampshaded}} deconstructed]] this by claiming that Jones always gets blacker Black Guy roles. Examples of Phil La Marr's previous characters: Erik, Warren, Stanley Johnson, Bob Brown, [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace Marvin]]. Previous examples of Orlando Jones' acting work: Natty Battle, Andre, Sticky Fingaz, Mookie
* ''Film/TheLastDragon'' has a Salt and Pepper pairing with two ''black'' characters. The streetwise PluckyComicRelief often has to remind Taimak that he's black while he persists in speaking and acting as a Chinese immigrant. Arguably, also inverted in the character of Johnny Yu. While Taimak continues to play it straight, Yu is the apprentice who just can't stay out of trouble. ''Definitely'' inverted in the case when Taimak [[CrowningMomentofFunny dressed as a 19th Century Chinese day-laborer (his idea of a disguise) comes across a trio of Chinese Mooks who dress and act like stereotypical Black guys right down to shooting Craps against the door they're supposed to be guarding]].
* Creator/AnthonyAnderson does this on occasion, most notably in ''Film/UrbanLegendsFinalCut''
* Jax in ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'', as part of the group of heroes who confront Shao Kahn, is all but made of this trope; just about every other line of dialogue he has is designed to remind you that he is, in fact, black.
* The movie ''CopOut'' seems to have Tracy Morgan in this role opposite Bruce Willis to the point he's an EthnicScrappy.
* Twinkie in ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift]]''.
* Grover in TheFilmOfTheBook ''PercyJackson''.
* The notable of notable aversions to this trope is probably Creator/SidneyPoitier, first black man to receive an Oscar for Best Actor, and star of films such as ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner'' and ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight''. There's a reason that [[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs They Call Him Mister Tibbs]], after all.
* Also actually averted in ''Film/PutneySwope'': the one "main" white character in the film is a relentlessly abused junior executive. He gets one scene, which is based on an actual conversation the director observed between an ad agency head and a Black junior executive.
* One of the few redeeming features of ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'' was that it averted this one, with EddieMurphy playing the StraightMan.
* Rather {{Anvilicious}}ly presented in ''Film/{{Crash}}'', where a black TV writer is told by his white boss to make a black character's lines more stereotypical.
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' not only averts this trope with Django himself, but also subverts it with Stephen, who is first introduced in a somewhat comical fashion as being {{Large Ham}}mily incredulous at Django being on a horse and being treated as a guest at the big house, and then spends most of dinner parroting his master (the BigBad of the film). However, he is considerably more observant and intelligent than the BigBad and when he is alone with the black slaves he becomes extremely sinister, suggesting that the UncleTomfoolery is his [[GenreSavvy deliberately being]] sufficiently non-threatening to the whites that he is allowed to keep his position of power within the household and act as his master's [[TheDragon dragon]]. [[spoiler: He is also, at the very least, a DragonAscendant; he not only outlives his master but also gets dramatically killed while shouting curses in the film's violent climax, further suggesting that he is more of a BigBad than his [[TheFool Fool]] of a master.]]
* Averted in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. He may be the black sidekick, but Ripcord is still allowed to be a hero and have courage rather than just be the movie's comic relief.
* Averted in ''Malibu's Most Wanted'', a comedy starring Jamie Kennedy as "Brad". Brad's father is running for Governor and Brad is embarrassing him, so his (black) campaign manager hires two actors to kidnap him and take him to "the hood" to "scare the black out of him". Meanwhile, the two actors follow through but express irritation at always being cast as thugs or poor people, instead of someone with a full vocabulary and more dignity and grace. The villain, an actual gangbanger, is violent and uncouth but still is annoyed when the actors and Brad are surprised he knows who Brad's father is.
* Inverted in {{Ghostbusters}} where Ernie Hudson's Winston Zeddmore is pragmatic and unfazed by all the weirdness and an all around grounding presence for the team, while the excitable comic relief goes to Dan Aykroyd's Ray Stanz instead.
** Except of course for the hilarious line; "I've seen shit that'll turn you ''white!''"
* Critics often accuse Creator/TylerPerry of doing this, particularly under his Madea guise (where he plays an unstrung, mentally imbalanced "mammy" type with a very tenuous grip of the English language).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/HPLovecraft, abyssal font of ValuesDissonance that he was, made use of many racial stereotypes in his work, though they were never played for comedy, their otherness instead used as a source of horror or disgust. Some modern comics based on his work, however, such as ''TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom'', poke fun at his outdated views by giving his [[FishMen Deep Ones]] exaggerated Minstrel traits like humongous lips, googly eyes & impenetrable patois-laden speech to drive home the point they were originally created as an indictment of [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt miscegenation]].
* Averted in ''UncleTomsCabin'', which is a serious tale about Uncle Tom, a pious, Christian, good man and his horrid life as a slave. No dancing, swearing, or nonsense about him whatsoever. The only problem contemporary readers had with the story is that they felt he was too passive and portrayed a double standard when compared with instances of whites resisting oppression: see the quote [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_tom#Original_characterization_and_critical_evaluations here]] from an 1852 edition of the abolitionist paper ''The Liberator''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Some characters played by Debra Wilson on ''Series/MadTV'', but Bunifa is the most obvious.
** That's [[InsistentTerminology Bunifa Latifa Halifa Sharifa Jackson]] to you!
** Also "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kemIXkoa_Zs Cosby's Crib]]"
** ArtieLang in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG55kNjO1Vs That's My White Mama]]"
* Parodied in a ''TheWhitestKidsUKnow'' sketch where a mailroom employee starts throwing out horrible movie ideas to studio execs, who eat them all up. All think that having a bunch of black people hold a cookout in a driveway and having Cedric the Entertainer and Queen Latifah show up would make a ''great'' movie for black audiences.
* [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus "Hi, Uncle Tom!"]]
* Completely inverted in the ''Series/InLivingColor'' "Black Like You" sketches, which featured Tom and Tom Brothers as LesCollaborateurs and extreme parodies of the unhip white guy. They even [[LampshadeHanging openly deconstructed]] the trope [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvDlPgfl91U in this sketch]].
** They were actual parodies of unhip black guys perceived as Uncle Toms and sellouts, such as Bryant Gumbel.
* Played with on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''' ShowWithinAShow, Dr Acula. JD casts Turk as a [[JiveTurkey jive talking]] pimp and he complains it's racist and he wants to play the vampire. JD responds by asking Turk to act "[[RefugeInAudacity Blacker]]". Turk immediately takes over the film and swaps their roles.
* ''FamilyMatters'': Waldo, who was presented as a buffoon who misunderstood the simplest statements and often made such off-the-wall comments. At times, Urkel was this way too given his extreme clumsiness, manner of dress and high-pitched voice.
* ''GoodTimes'': J.J. Evans, the show's BreakoutCharacter. Jimmie Walker played the part so well that the character of J.J. soon overshadowed the show's original premise (an African-American family living in a low-income housing apartment trying to improve their economic situation but always failing, due to poor luck or other circumstances), and many began criticizing the show for presenting J.J. as a stereotypical black i.e., a buffon; the critics included Walker's castmates, John Amos and Esther Rolle, and [[McLeaned it led to Amos' firing]] and [[PutOnABus Rolle's]] [[TheBusCameBack temporary departure]].
* DaveChappelle often played these in sketches on ''Series/ChappellesShow''. One of his reasons for ending the show was that he could no longer recognize when he was parodying the character type, or actually playing them.
* ''Series/MisfitsOfScience'' {{Lampshaded}} the inversion as far back as TheEighties; TheLancer was a research scientist, slightly more square than the lead character and in general [[TheSmartGuy more knowledgeable and scientifically disciplined]] -- aside from playing ProfessorGuineaPig with a shrinking formula to avoid constant expectations that [[TheBigGuy he should be able to play basketball]], which gave him the ability to shrink to FunSize.
* ''{{Maury}}'' is often accused of this, with some justification.
* ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' attempted to avert this in a scene where, while scoping out a club for new talent, black comic Simon Stiles complains about a stand-up doing this for laughs and pushes for the hiring of a more sedate, intelligent comic. In general though, ''Studio 60'' so often went out of its way not to be offensive about race that it became insultingly condescending instead.
* Will on ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' .
* Marlon Williams on the ''Series/TheWayansBros'' which is no surprise because Marlon Wayans play this role all the time.
* Kenan on ''Series/KenanAndKel'' .
* Parodied in a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, with an exaggerated LouisArmstrong type character (played by David Alan Grier) back in the 40s, who openly sings about how he doesn't mind not being treated as an equal. The sketch ends with a historian noting that the character would go down in history as the first black man to ever be lynched by other blacks.
* The late Petey Greene on his show, ''Petey Greene's Washington''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The always jolly LouisArmstrong was often accused of doing this.
* Rapper Kreayshawn (who is a white woman) was accused of doing this in reverse by The Game (he released a song attacking her over it entitled "Uncle Otis"), in particular over her use of the word [[NWordPrivileges "nigga"]].
** She was actually MisBlamed for that; while the other criticisms are legitimate, she never actually used that word. It was a friend of hers, and she has made her displeasure over both her friend's use of it and the flack that she's received for something that she never did quite apparent.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Regina'', a quasi-operatic musical adaptation of ''TheLittleFoxes'', added the character Jazz, whose comic-relief numbers {{egregious}}ly deviate from the neo-classical style of the rest of the show.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Oil Man in ''MegaManPoweredUp''. Despite his [[UnfortunateImplications color scheme]] being {{bowdlerise}}d outside Japan, he's still the wacky black guy of the bunch.
* The Black Baron (stop starin') in ''{{Madworld}}''. He's a black pimp who constantly spits out slang, has an ostentatious grill and [[TheyKilledKenny keeps getting murdered in death traps (played for laughs)]] while going "Aw hell nawh!". [[spoiler:And he's not even black, he uses blackface]]. And to further prove ''Madworld'''s [[CrossesTheLineTwice double line-crossing]], the Baron's (black) voice actor would later become one of the aforementioned ''Transformers'' twins in the same year. Guess which character the Internet criticized.
** Considering ''MadWorld'''s bread and butter is the lampooning of this and other UnfortunateImplications, the criticism of the ''Transformers'' character is perhaps more justified...
*** And it certainly helped that [[spoiler: the Black Baron turned out to be the Big Bad you fought at the end of the game]]. Let's hear it for ObfuscatingStupidity.
* Barret Wallace from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' played this role at times, with the ridiculous slang and the occasionally buffoonery. He would often swing back and forth between UncleTomfoolery, ScaryBlackMan and AngryBlackMan depending on the situation, when [[ADayInTheLimelight the plot spotlight wasn't on him]].
* Sazh[[labelnote:*]]who also happens to be voiced by the same actor as the aforementionned Mudflap and Black Baron. Tough luck, Reno Wilson.[[/labelnote]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', to a degree. While he exhibits a few aspects of this trope on the surface, in reality he serves as the voice of reason for the party and constantly delivers much-needed [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan verbal bitchslaps whenever anyone starts getting too wrapped up in their own emotional bullshit]].
* In supplemental material for the first ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' game, the creator stated that two characters didn't make the final cut of characters: A giant cyborg man who could hold up walls (this person later became Barry), and a tall, skinny black guy who constantly cracked jokes and ran from the zombies. This guy was thrown out because of the obvious UnfortunateImplications, and players would not see a (living) black character in the series until ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak.''
* ''GearsOfWar'': "ALL ABOARD THE COLE TRAIN, BABY! That's Augustus Cole, in case you were wondering. Taken UpToEleven in the second game when he cuts off the Locust Queen during one of her speeches (still qualifies as a CrowningMomentOfFunny).
** The character is actually an {{Expy}} of a character called ''Terry Tate: Office Linebacker'' in a series of Reebok commercials, who was also portrayed by Les Speight. The character gets more and more complex as the series goes on, leading to one of the best lines of ''Gears 3'';
--->'''Augustus Cole:'' "Do you ever feel like you're dead, but nobody ever told you?"
* Jax's Alt costume in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance''.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', Fluttershy is the [[SpaceJews Equestrian equivalent of a freed black slave]]. She continues to "do everything the white pony tells [her] to do" because [[ExtremeDoormat she lacks the spine to say no]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in an episode of British animated series ''MonkeyDust''. A continuation of the running "Meatsafe Murderer" sketches has an American director buy the rights to Ivan Dobsky's life story so he can make a movie out of it. Ivan's apparently sentient (not to mention murderous) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_hopper space hopper]] is portrayed in the movie as a [[AdaptationDecay skate]][[TotallyRadical board]] voiced by Eddie Murphy, who seems unable to utter ANY line without saying "Motherfucker" at least twice.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', where "[[MeaningfulName Token Black]]" is well-off, book smart, talks in a standard American accent, and plays [[StraightMan the straight man]] to a lot of the other characters' jokes (especially the racist Cartman).
** Which the creators then play with endlessly... like they do everything. Example: he's never even ''picked up''' a bass guitar in his life, but the moment you put it in his hands, he can play the shit out of it.
-->'''Cartman''': Token, give me a smooth bass line.
-->'''Token''': ...I don't know how to play bass.
-->'''Cartman''': *frustrated* Token, how many times do we have to go through this? You're black, you can play bass.
-->'''Token''': *angry* I'm getting sick of your stereotypes.
-->'''Cartman''': Be as sick as you want, just give me a goddamn bass line!
-->'''Token''': *picks up guitar and instantly is able to play a series of complicated riffs* Goddamnit.
* Uncle Ruckus of ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''. Subverted in that he is an awful, hateful, ignorant, self hating black man whose hilarity is a RefugeInAudacity.
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