African Terrorists
Al Shabaab, an Islamic extremist group, located in Southern Somalia.

A Sister Trope to Western Terrorists and Far-East Asian Terrorists, African Terrorists are terrorists from sub-Sahara Africa who primarily operate out of their home continent, carrying out guerilla operations against domestic and foreign governments and frequently being involved in the drug trade. They will often be Mooks to a wealthier, lighter-skinned criminal organization, typically Western or Slavic.

A specific subtrope and/or Sister Trope to this are the Amoral Afrikaners, who are almost always white and generally better equipped Private Military Contractors, but still African in origin (generally, they are white South Africansnote ) and just as nasty.


Anime & Manga

  • Blood Diamond has the RUF.
  • The Gods Must Be Crazy features Sam Boga and his men, who shoot up the Cabinet of a Bulungi and spend the rest of the film fleeing from the army.
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Tears of the Sun
  • Steven Obanno, an LRA leader, shows up near the beginning of Casino Royale (2006) in a meeting with Mr. White, in order to negotiate a deal with the criminal international banker Le Chiffre to hold the funds of his organization for safekeeping. Word of God is that Obanno was based on the Real Life leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony.
    • An interesting example are the black Caribbean Mooks of Quantum, who show up near the beginning in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where Dominic Greene meets with General Medrano.

Live-Action TV
  • The rebel army who forces Mr. Eko to become a child soldier in Lost.
  • A couple episodes of MacGyver involved these.
  • These appear in Season 7 of 24. Appropriate to the trope, The Man Behind the Man is white Corrupt Corporate Executive Jonas Hodges.
  • Knight Rider
  • Flashforward: Protagonists came to Somalia to investigate mysterious towers and ran into those guys.
  • In the JAG episode "Embassy", when Harm & Mac are at a reception at the Sudanese embassy in Washington, it's seemingly taken over by a rebel faction supporting an opposition leader. It actually is an elaborate setup by the asshole ambassador to make him look like a hero and discredit the opposition.

Newspaper Comics
  • Since the strip is set in a fictional African nation, it's natural enough that The Phantom has faced some African terrorists. A few groups have been shown forcefully recruiting Child Soldiers.

Video Games
  • The Far Cry series seems to involve these to an extent in almost every installment:
    • Far Cry 2 involves two guerilla armies whose actions make them look startling like this trope. They are ostensible fighting for the people while wearing massive irony blinders. In order to get around the game revolving around shooting black people in the face, large numbers of non-black foreigners and mercenaries are included, almost to the point where finding black enemies is a challenge. Theese allies are PMC's and not terrorists, considering they're only doing it for money.
    • In Far Cry, they are PMC's. In Far Cry 2, it's the 2 regional factions who have brought in mercenary help.
  • The terrorists in SimTower who occaisionally plant a bomb in your building are represented by a Cool Shades wearing, trench coat-clad Scary Black Man who looks like he just came from Nigeria.
  • Project Reality introduced the "African Resistance Fighters" faction in v1.0.