[[caption-width-right:320:Tyler Perry and his alter ego Madea]]

->''"You think it's gonna be ''Film/BigMommasHouse'', and then it turns into some kind of high school girl's idea of a relevant play."''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''

Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry, Jr. on September 13, 1969) is a mega-successful writer, director, producer, and actor whose film ''Diary of a Mad Black Woman'' shocked mainstream box office watchers by opening at #1. It was perhaps less of a surprise to his African American fanbase, who are familiar with his popular stage plays (from which ''Mad Black Woman'' and several other of his subsequent films were adapted), as the demographic for his films centers on black America.

Perry is perhaps most physically recognizable as his alter ego Madea, a [[ComedicSociopathy violence-prone]], [[SassyBlackWoman loud-mouthed]] [[NeverMessWithGranny grandmother]] who has appeared in many of his movies. Madea is a contraction of 'Mother Dearest' = "Ma" Dea(r), a term used in the vernacular of many black Americans in the Southern U.S.

He [[IThoughtItMeant has nothing to do with]] ThoseTwoGuys from Music/{{Aerosmith}}.

!!Tyler Perry's movies:
* ''Film/DiaryOfAMadBlackWoman'' (2005)
* ''Film/MadeasFamilyReunion'' (2006)
* ''Film/DaddysLittleGirls'' (2007)
* ''Why Did I Get Married?'' (2007)
* ''Meet The Browns'' (2008)
* ''Film/TheFamilyThatPreys'' (2008)
* ''Film/MadeaGoesToJail'' (2009)
* ''I Can Do Bad All By Myself'' (2009)
* ''[[{{Literature/Push}} Precious]]'' (2009)
* ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009) in a cameo as an admiral.
* ''Why Did I Get Married, Too?'' (2010)
* ''Film/ForColoredGirls'' (2010)
* ''Madea's Big Happy Family'' (2011) (First foray in animation where he just voices the character of Madea)
* ''Good Deeds'' (2012)
* ''Madeas Witness Protection'' (2012)
* ''Film/AlexCross'' (2012) based on the Creator/JamesPatterson book ''Cross'' in his first major film role where he only acts.
* ''Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor'' (2013)
* ''A Madea Christmas'' (2013)
* ''The Single Moms Club'' (2014)
* ''Literature/GoneGirl'' (2014)
* ''Madea's Tough Love'' (2015)
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesOutOfTheShadows'' (2016) (A surprisingly PlayingAgainstType role for him. He's admitted to being a fan of the series as well)
* ''Brain on Fire'' (2016)
* ''Boo! A Madea Halloween'' (2016)
** ''Boo 2! A Madea Halloween'' (2017)
* ''Film/{{Acrimony}}'' (2018)
* ''A Madea Family Funeral'' (2018)

!! TV Shows

* ''[[Series/HouseOfPayne Tyler Perry's House of Payne]]'' (2007-2012) ran for 254 episodes, surpassing ''Series/TheJeffersons'' for the longest run, as measured by episodes, by a black sitcom.[[note]]Defined as a sitcom that features an African American in the lead role, or a primarily African American cast[[/note]] (Several black sitcoms, including ''The Jeffersons'', have had longer runs when measured by seasons.)
* ''Meet The Browns'' (2009-2011)
* ''For Better Or Worse'' (2011-2017)
* ''Series/TheHavesAndTheHaveNots'' (2013-)
* ''Love Thy Neighbor'' (2013-2017)
* ''If Loving You Is Wrong'' (2014-)
* ''Too Close To Home'' (2016-)

!!Tyler Perry's works contain examples of the following tropes:

%%* AmbitionIsEvil: Frequently.
%%* AmoralAttorney:
%%** Charles from ''Film/DiaryOfAMadBlackWoman'' is this.
%%** Linda from ''Madea Goes to Jail''.
%%** Jim Cryer from ''The Haves and the Have Nots''
* AuthorAppeal: Majority of his works are influenced by his faith and they are filled with Baptist Christian influences.
* BlackComedyRape: Jokes on prison rape.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Another staple in Perry's plays, nearly to the point of RunningGag. Madea has been known to stop giving lines and fuss at people who came to the play late ''in character.'' There are also points where Perry will go off script and point out that they are in a play.
-->'''Vienne''': Madea, go upstairs to your room and close the door!\\
'''Madea''': Girl, dis a play, there ain't no room and no door! ''(cue audience and cast laughter)''
* BrokenBird: Many of his heroines.
* ComedicSociopathy: Usually centered around Madea's violent tendencies and belief in corporal punishment.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Boo 2! A Madea Halloween'' is this compared to its predecessor. Instead of having Madea scaring the fraternity students into going to jail for their recklessness, Madea goes to a haunted campsite to retrieve her grandchild and her grandchild's friend from being killed by a [[SerialKiller serial killer]]. [[spoiler:It turns out that it was Brian, his friend, and two women that he hired to place the petting zoo earlier in the film staged the serial killer stunt. Unlike the first film, Madea had no involvement with the situation and ended up falling victim to the set. In addition, there was also a killer in the campsite that was revealed to be real at the end of the film.]]
* DarkestHour: One in every play, and if Madea hasn't been in the play since the start, this is where she generally shows up.
* DeepSouth: Most of his movies take place in Atlanta, and several jokes are made about Madea's Southern black accent ("Good mornting!" "Hallelujer!").
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: One of the biggest criticisms against Perry's plays. He toned it down in the films.
%%* FamilyDisunion
* {{Dramedy}}: Most of his sitcoms are this.
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: in ''Madea's Big Happy Family,'' [[spoiler: Byron finds out that his older sister is actually his mother.]]
* GodIsGood: His works tend to emphasize this.
* HeManWomanHater: Perry's views on women aren't exactly what most would call "progressive." As shown repeatedly in his films, his ideal woman is a wife, mother, and homemaker who lives by a strict Christian doctrine in regards to all aspects of her life. Any who depart from this mold he sets tend to be punished with abuse, poverty, or worse. Special mention goes to his 2013 film "Temptation" where the female lead cheats on her husband and winds up being afflicted with HIV.
%%* HoldMyGlasses
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: In a few movies, but most notably ''Madea Goes to Jail''. That one was played by [[ContractualPurity Keshia Knight-Pulliam]], a.k.a. [[Series/TheCosbyShow Rudy Huxtable]].
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: [[Series/TheSoup Tyler Perry Productions In Association With Tyler Perry Presents Tyler Perry's]] ''[[Series/TheSoup Tyler Perry]]'' [[Series/TheSoup Featuring Tyler Perry As Tyler Perry]].
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: Averted in ''For Colored Girls'']]
* JerkAss: Madea is quite possibly the biggest asshole as of late on the big screen or theatre. She has no qualms with breaking the law and harming others to get what she wants. That includes using lethal weapons, destroying property, and physically harming others.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Madea's Tough Love'', an animated parody of Madea, is this. It is the first and, so far, the only Madea film to receive a PG-rating and has managed to tone down Madea's actions as compared to other films, such as ''Film/DiaryOfAMadBlackWoman'' and ''Film/MadeaGoesToJail'' (the former involving chainsawing a living room because her grandchild was kicked out of her own house by her own husband and the latter involving destroying someone's cars with a forklift truck all because [[DisproportionateRetribution the driver stole her parking spot]]). Whereas, in ''Madea's Tough Love'', Madea chases after children that were causing actual problems and just happened to cause damages in the process. She's also [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold notably nicer]] than she is in the [[JerkAss other films]], even helping an old lady cross the street and try to get a bunch of unruly children to behave.
%%* {{Melodrama}}: Chock-full of it.
* MoodWhiplash: Especially prevalent in his Madea films.
%%* NeverMessWithGranny: Madea
* NeverTrustATrailer: His movies tend to be advertised as being about Madea and her wacky hijinks. In reality, she usually serves as simple comic relief in otherwise heavy dramas.
* OscarBait:
** His adaptations of ''Push'' and ''For Colored Girls...''. Succeeded the first time.
** Although in the case of ''Precious'' (the adaptation of ''Push''), the movie had already been finished, screened, and reviewed by the time he had signed on as Executive Producer. He had no input on the actual movie, but his name recognition (along with that of Creator/OprahWinfrey) allowed the movie to get a better theatrical distribution deal.
%%* PluckyComicRelief: Madea
* PrettyInMink: In the Aspen scenes in ''Why Did I Get Married'', the women are wearing some pretty fancy fur coats.
* RagsToRiches: He had a rough childhood and was abused by his father, was molested as a child, and was homeless for a period of time. He now is rated by ''Forbes'' magazine as being the sixth highest paid man in Hollywood, and his movies have grossed more than $400 million worldwide.
* RapeAsBackstory: In most of Perry's works, there is at least one character that went through some form of sexual abuse or assault in the past.
%%* RapeAsDrama:
%%** PrisonRape
%%** Then there's that scene from ''For Colored Girls''...
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Most, if not all, of the female protagonists in his movies are this.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Somewhere in the middle. Perry tends to combine harsh black culture with genuine human heart and humor.
* SpotlightStealingTitle: Many of the movies are titled after Madea and are advertised as being about Madea, despite the fact that she is usually not the main character.
* TeamMom: Madea always serves as these in both the films and plays.
* TokenWhite: [[http://www.cracked.com/video_18212_the-5-white-characters-in-every-tyler-perry-movie.html This video]] lovingly parodies the five white characters in a Tyler Perry movie.
** Subverted in Witness Protection, where the main character is white and his family play big roles.
* WriterOnBoard: A lot of these films are his biases, and things taken from his life.
* WolverinePublicity: [[BreakoutCharacter Madea]] initially. Over the years, Perry has begun to focus less on Madea, even if her name is still in the title.