Afro Asskicker

"You mess with the 'fro? You got to go."
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Afros are funny.

A particularly large one, no matter how awesome, can be a liability. Especially in physical battle.

So why do countless badasses, many of whom know karate, have them? Because they're funny and awesome. A sub-trope of Funny Afro, an Afro Asskicker originated in America's Blaxploitation era and are usually black Americans and / or connected to the tropes Jive Turkey, Soul Brotha and Sassy Black Woman. One thing you don't want to do to an Afro Asskicker is mess with their hair. They can be rather sensitive about it and it will make them fight even harder. (A case of Truth in Television, mostly resulting from the fact that afros take a long time to style and must be attended to every day; messing with one undoes up to an hour's worth of work).


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  • Frank Todd, titular character and one of two main protagonists of The Generalist, has a well-kept afro that he needs to pat down from time to time after the action has settled down.

  • MC5 frontman Rob Tyner, with his massive, helmet shaped Afro, combined this with Badass in a Nice Suit.
  • The Lady of Rage rocked ruff 'n' stuff with her Afro Puffs
  • Jimi Hendrix had a huge part in popularizing the Afro. He was also a genuine asskicker, having had much shorter hair a few years earlier as a paratrooper.

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  • Subverted by Afro Ninja, a popular viral video where the man attempts to show his asskicking skills and fails miserably.
    • Double subverted when you figure out this guy is a total badass, missed the stunt only because of jet lag, and after resting up, got the job.
      • And in the movie based on the viral video, he certainly does kick some ass.

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