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Blackface is the tradition of a performer putting on stylized black makeup to appear as a stereotyped character of African descent. The usual version included dark or pitch-black makeup and bulging red or white lips. Blackface was often used in MinstrelShows. The image became associated with negative stereotypical depictions of black people in the Anglo-Saxon world and became shorthand for anti-black racism. As much as some people would like to forget it, blackface performances were mainstream American entertainment for almost 100 years until racial backlash ultimately capsized it.

Because of its pervasiveness in the US and the UK for such a long time, blackface imagery was also transported to other countries, where the lesser cultural stigma allowed it to continue for longer. Blackface characters still pop up in Japanese culture and media from time to time, often causing [[ValuesDissonance massive headaches for exporters]].

The trope remains a sensitive subject to this day and will cause quite a backlash if it ever shows up in mainstream American culture. Even without the traditional trappings of blackface, instances of FakeNationality involving a black character will usually raise eyebrows. {{Yellowface}} is a similar practice involving Asian characters, while {{Brownface}} is for characters of various "brown" races.

The inversion, [[WhiteLikeMe black actors playing white people]], is rarely done straight. When this happens, it's almost always in-universe and [[PlayedForLaughs for comic effect]].

Not to confuse with the [[MechanicalMonster Mechon]] with the same name (who was renamed as [[DubNameChange Metal Face]] for international release to avoid this trope) from ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''.

!!Tropes associated with Blackface

* AbilityOverAppearance: Used to be a justification for blackface in the days when it was acceptable; directors such as Creator/DWGriffith would claim they just chose the best actors for the parts and made them up accordingly. Of course, this was rife with racist UnfortunateImplications of its own: you mean to say that ''no'' black people ''anywhere'' were good enough actors for you?
* AshFace: Older animated works would often segue from an AshFace incident to a Blackface gag.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: A common trope of early cinema was to find some excuse for a character to intentionally or accidentally take on the appearance of blackface, then pause for a minstrel show-style musical number. Incidentally, the TropeNamer itself is an instance of this (namely, the "big-lipped" alligator).
* BlackLikeMe: A white person makes himself look black and experiences everyday life as a black person and learning AnAesop about tolerance.
* ColorMeBlack: A SisterTrope in which a racist character is involuntarily transformed into a member of the race they hate.
* TheCoconutEffect: Black actors in minstrel shows often had to use makeup to accentuate their lips in order to look more like a blackface actor.
* DeadHorseTrope: Blackface rarely appears in modern mainstream media played straight. If it shows up at all, it's generally for BlackComedy (NoPunIntended), satirical purposes, or DeliberateValuesDissonance.
* DudeNotFunny: Needless to say, the racist connotations of the trope can make it extremely offensive to most present-day viewers. A character who dresses up in blackface in a modern production will likely get this reaction InUniverse as well.
* GrandfatherClause: The British stage and television show ''The Black and White Minstrel Show'' was first broadcast in 1957 but continued to use blackface until ''1978'', long after the practice was considered unacceptable in most media.
* InternetBackdraft: If used today, expect a ''HUGE'' amount of backlash. InternetCounterattack if you're unlucky.
* ModernMinstrelsy: Any time blackface shows up, offensive racial stereotypes will also be in play. Of course, the trope predates the "modern" part as well with its origin in actual MinstrelShows.
* MonochromeCasting: Often a reason for the use of blackface in places where there simply aren't many black actors to be found.
* OlderThanTheyThink: The tradition of blackface extends hundreds of years before its rise in popularity in America.
* OldShame: For American culture in general. In its heyday, blackface was a major part of America's distinct artistic culture. Today it's treated as an embarrassing episode in American history. Many beloved film and cartoon characters appeared in blackface in the early days of film and animation, when the trope was still mainstream. The companies who now own these intellectual properties are understandably reluctant to air them.
* RaceLift: May occur when a character was played in blackface in the original production and the creators want to avoid this in the remake.
* SelfDeprecation: A few famous blackface performers were actually black themselves, playing up the stereotypes for laughs. The jury is still out on whether this counts as exploitation by white culture, or whether they were simply making the most of the opportunity to advance their careers by performing for white audiences.
* PaperThinDisguise: Often when blackface cropped up in old cartoons and slapstick it was being used as a disguise.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: The modern-day successor to blackface, in which non-black people will behave in ways that are stereotypical for black people. However, the intention in this case is usually to [[SincerestFormOfFlattery be cool]] rather than to mock black culture.
* UnfortunateImplications: The inherent purpose of the outfit is racist caricaturing and stereotyping of African American people and culture. Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackface goes into more depth]] on the history and controversies surrounding it.
* UncleTomfoolery: Typically done by white people setting out to mock and stereotype black culture.
* ValuesDissonance: Blackface was once considered harmless good fun, but appearing in blackface today is about as acceptable as burning a cross.
* WhiteLikeMe: The {{inversion}} where a black person puts on makeup to pass as a white person, almost always PlayedForLaughs involving WhiteDudeBlackDude jokes.
* JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples: The eponymous role in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' was traditionally played by a white actor in blackface, and this remained the case long after blackface had become unacceptable in most media, though it's just as common for theatre companies and film producers to simply hire a black actor for the part.

!!Works in which Blackface appears


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': Mister Popo and other black characters have the appearance of blackface characters, which has been a long-standing nightmare when it comes to trying to export the shows. This, combined with his status as a "servant" character, has long made him a target of criticism, to the point that 4Kids Entertainment changed his skin color to blue in their dub of ''Dragon Ball Z''.
* The Galoot Sect assassins from ''Anime/{{Flag}}'' invoke this aesthetic with their creepy, golliwog-like masks, possibly meant to represent the black goddess Kali.
* The Black Looks, an anti-robot hate group, hide their identities by wearing blackface in the classic ''Anime/AstroBoy'' story ''Capetown Lullaby'' (aside from their leader who wears a weird mask that looks like a black Gonzo the Muppet).
* Cyborg 008 in ''Manga/Cyborg009'' originally had a blackface-like design despite being one of the heroes and not a source of comic relief, but he was thankfully changed from ''Super Vortex'' onwards.
* An unknown character in an omake from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' [[http://manga.redhawkscans.com/reader/read/the_world_god_only_knows/en/0/156/5/page/9 appears to don this (in the bottom left panel).]] The character was going to [[UnfortunateImplications perform a ritual to curse people.]]
* Episode 8 of ''Manga/LoveLab'' has a ''very'' uncomfortable gag featuring the use of blackface, which caused some backlash from Western viewers. In what is truly a bizarre [[ValuesDissonance cultural difference]], it's made clear the girls are actually ''[[ComplimentBackfire trying to compliment black women]]'', even noting how strong and beautiful they are.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': The Pokemon Jynx drew considerable controversy with its official introduction in the episode ''Holiday Hi-Jinx'', as the decidedly female Pokemon initially sported a black face with prominent lips which drew accusations from western viewers of it being potentially offensive for its uncanny resemblance to blackface; one critic even labeled it among the most "Politically Incorrect Pokemon" of the series. In response to these criticisms, Nintendo eventually recolored Jynx with purple skin to offset the resemblance to blackface, and the character has been altered several times in the Pokemon media to avoid further offense.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* An old [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] issue of ''[[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]'' had Billy dressing up in Blackface as part of a PaperThinDisguise.
* Black characters in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' tend to be drawn like this. One story in ''Uderzo croqué par ses amis'' parodies the fact by depicting a [[StylisticSuck ridiculously bad strip]] supposedly drawn by a young Uderzo. It features a Roman optio and his 'politically-incorrect Romans', soldiers who are drawn in a blackface style even more extreme than the style in the original comics.
* In an AprilFoolsDay crossover strip made for ''Pilote'', the original magazine that ran ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' and other characters like ''ComicBook/BarbeRouge'' (a gang of pirates who the [[RunningGag perennial]] useless pirates in ''Astérix'' are based on). In the comic, the Gauls and the (two white) pirates team up to play a joke on one of the other ''Pilote'' characters, who was always drawn in black and white, pretending they were going to colour him in with paint but instead just painting him completely black. While they're all laughing at him, Baba (a reasonably-drawn black pirate) comes in at the back, saying hi and asking what's going on. The captain's response:
-->'''Redbeard:''' Um... why don't you get back on board?

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* A very rare inversion in the 1932 film adaptation of ''Literature/TheMostDangerousGame''. Black actor Noble Johnson wore makeup to play the White Russian Cossack Ivan. The black-and-white cinematography made this easier.
* Creator/SpikeLee's ''Film/{{Bamboozled}}'': A modern African-American filmmaker creates a television minstrel show in which black actors perform in classic blackface. He's trying to make a point, [[SpringtimeForHitler but to his horror, the show becomes successful]]. Real-life audiences didn't respond well to the use of blackface in making a [[AudienceAlienatingPremise heavy-handed point about a minstrel show featuring dancers in blackface]].
* Music/AlJolson's ''Film/TheJazzSinger'' features the main character performing in blackface in a minstrel show as part of his journey to self-expression. Ironically, Jolson's character can only express himself by putting on the mask of a black man. This was also [[RealLifeWritesThePlot semi-biographical]], as Al Jolson really did perform in blackface and felt a special kinship with African-Americans. He actually helped a lot of blacks break into the music business, demanded that they receive equal treatment, and was famously the only white man allowed in the all-black nightclubs in Harlem.
* This was also used in the 1980 remake of ''Film/TheJazzSinger'', starring Music/NeilDiamond. Diamond's character dons blackface to join a group performing in a black nightclub in Harlem... in ''1980''.
* ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' features a propogandized performance of ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'', in which actors playing parts of slaves wear blackface.
* Creator/FredAstaire does a blackface number in ''Film/SwingTime'' (1936). Many fans regard this as more of an "Othello" than a "minstrel show" situation, as it was an homage to a specific black performer (Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, whose dancing style was a major influence on that of Astaire).
* The otherwise squeaky-clean classic ''Film/HolidayInn'' shows for Lincoln's Birthday a full minstrel show featuring dancers in blackface.
* Monica Vitti in ''[[Film/{{Leclisse}} L'eclisse]]'' made in 1962 dances wearing blackface with a spear imitating an African warrior.
* Creator/LaurenceOlivier wears blackface in the 1965 adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}''.
* The all-black cast of ''Film/StormyWeather'' makes the film an anomaly from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood era, and it's really wonderful to see such a rare showcase of black entertainers. But it does include a small moment of black characters participating in black minstrel.
* In the 1936 film version of Jerome Kern's ''Theatre/ShowBoat'', Magnolia and the show boat troupe don blackface for the "Gallivantin' Around" number. Since one of the themes of this musical is the destructive nature of race prejudice, this may be deliberate irony -- or it may just be a lamentable lapse of taste.
* In ''Film/{{Whoopee}}!'', Eddie Cantor tries to pass himself off as a black man, performing a pretty racist shuffling darky routine, then belts out a performance of "My Baby Just Cares for Me" in his classic singing style. Eddie Cantor was the last major vaudeville performer to use blackface in his act, and his character was FairForItsDay - an intelligent, in fact nerdy character, as opposed to the "Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginee" standard.
* Film/TheThreeStooges disguised themselves as slaves using blackface in the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]]-themed short "Uncivil Warbirds".
* Creator/LaurelAndHardy disguised themselves in blackface after breaking out of prison in ''Pardon Us''.
* The Creator/TheMarxBrothers, evading the law, momentarily done blackface to hide among a bunch of stable hands in ''Film/ADayAtTheRaces''. Harpo only paints half his face.
* ''Film/{{The Birth of a Nation|1915}}'' used blackface not as a comedic device, but as a means to allow white actors to portray black and "mulatto" characters in an overtly racist film.
* The [[TheEighties Eighties]] comedy ''SoulMan'' features a Harvard Law student who darkens his skin to get a scholarship for black students. The film caused some controversy during its release.
* In the Polish film ''Vabank'', set in 1930s' Poland, one of the protagonists, Moks, at one point sings in blackface. Also, a fake 'Negro' appearance place important role in the caper the protagonists pull off.
* In Music/BobDylan's film ''Film/MaskedAndAnonymous'', Ed Harris appears as the ghost of a murdered minstrel named Oscar Vogel, very much in the Al Jolson mode. Dylan has invoked minstrelsy on other occasions, notably naming his 2001 album ''Music/LoveAndTheft'' after Eric Lott's academic book ''Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class''.
* Lampshaded/parodied in ''Film/TropicThunder''--Creator/RobertDowneyJr.'s white Australian character Kirk Lazarus portrays black Sergeant Lincoln Osiris by getting his [[DyeingForYourArt face and body surgically altered]] to look like a fairly realistic black man. His character's personality, however, is [[UncleTomfoolery embarrassingly over-the-top]], and he stays in character at all times, much to the chagrin of the actually-black Alpa Chino. The fact that the whole thing is meant to be a parody of OscarBait and extreme MethodActing went over the heads of some critics and viewers, who claimed it was tantamount to blackface. On the flipside, though, the NAACP approved of the character in their own screening of the film, and Downey was nominated that year for an Oscar. It's also mentioned that the character's casting and actions are also highly controversial InUniverse.
* Pops up, of course, in ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica'', where in the AlternateUniverse in which the South won the Civil War it never becomes taboo. Also, Abraham Lincoln used blackface to disguise himself as a black man to try to escape to Canada with Harriet Tubman. (They were caught by the Confederate forces.)
* The PaperThinDisguise variant shows up in ''Film/SilverStreak''. Con man Creator/RichardPryor helps to disguise traveler Creator/GeneWilder, who's been framed for murder. Presumably it helps that Wilder has naturally curly hair. Hearing Wilder's clueless SoulBrother patter, Pryor says, "I sure hope we don't run into any brothers." Behind the scenes, Pryor changed a scene to so that the disguise does not fool the black janitor.
* ''Film/TradingPlaces'' also uses it as a PaperThinDisguise for Creator/DanAykroyd in the scene on the train. The others with him are also in disguise/costume, but their target for a theft has met Aykroyd's character before, necessitating something more drastic: brown shoe polish. It doesn't fool anyone.
* The white voice actors of ''Radio/AmosNAndy'' appear in blackface in their sole feature film ''Check and Double Check''. The comedy duo was at the height of their fame, but fans were apparently disappointed to see their favorite radio characters looking like white guys in blackface. The actors themselves weren't too happy to wear blackface either, as they considered the characters [[FairForItsDay to be quite honest and kindhearted]].
* An interesting example is found with [[Creator/CheechAndChong Tommy Chong]] as the blues singer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAiZ8zY1Ghs Blind Melon Chitlin']] in ''Film/StillSmokin'': the humor is not based around the character being black, but being blind.
* This is how the villain of ''Film/TheZebraKiller'' disguised himself while committing murders.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Film/WhiteChicks'' in which Shawn and Marlon Wayans play two detectives who disguise themselves as white women.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', Cartman briefly appears wearing blackface during his performance of "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch."
* In ''Film/TheLastEmperor'', the deposed Emperor Pu-yi performs a concert backed up by Chinese musicians in blackface.
* A character seen briefly at the start (and in a throwaway gag near the middle) of ''Film/ForbiddenZone'' is a slumlord and crack dealer played by a man in blackface; there are several others in bit parts throughout, done for comedic shock value.
* Rochester the butler in ''Gross Out'' is not only done up in blackface, but is a grotesque stereotype.
-->'''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob:''' My God, man! You're drunk and shockingly racist!
* In ''Film/DjangoUnchained'', Creator/SamuelLJackson put on [[http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/12/20/samuel-l-jackson-django-unchained/3/ darker makeup]] to play BoomerangBigot house slave Stephen. Jackson conceived of the look when deciding that Stephen had no white ancestry at all. Funnily enough, he actually wore more than needed because he thought he didn't look dark enough yet, only to later see the film and realize the photography was making him even darker.
* The 1973 French comedy ''Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob'' (English title: ''Film/TheMadAventuresOfRabbiJacob'') has a scene in which the protagonist, a bigot, accidentally gets a [[AshFace face full of ash]]. Although (unlike in similar gags from older animated shorts) he doesn't proceed to ''act'' "minstrel," he does get mistaken for a black person.
* A white actor with dark make-up plays a black farm hand in ''Film/SevenChances''.
* The Creator/EdWood film ''Jail Bait'' randomly cuts to a blackface minstrel performance at one point. This was actually stock footage from a film done years earlier. It has no effect whatsoever on the plot.
* Parodied in ''Film/BeKindRewind'' as Jack Black's character attempts to portray an overweight African-American. As soon as the locals see him in blackface (a majority of which are African American themselves), they react with disgust. Mos Def's character is given the part and Jack Black points out the hypocrisy that while he may not be black, he's still the right body type for the role.'
* In Alfred Hitchcock's ''Film/YoungAndInnocent'', the (white) murder masks himself with a blackface while playing in a jazz orchestra.
* Averted and Inverted in ''Film/WatermelonMan''. Originally, the film producers wanted a white man who'd be made up as a black man for the rest of the film. Instead director Melvin Van Peebles managed to convince them to cast Godfrey Cambridge, who was made up as a white man for the first section of the film before his transformation.
* In ''Film/TheLittlestRebel'', Creator/ShirleyTemple plays the daughter of a Confederate family during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. When Yankee troops invade her home, she dons blackface to disguise herself as a slave. Blackface is also featured in another Temple film, ''{{Film/Dimples}}'', although there it's not worn by Shirley herself.
* In ''The Spoilers'' (1942), Creator/JohnWayne's character blackens his face when called on to do something illegal. He hides from the ensuing posse in the room of a SassyBlackWoman who's delighted (they're in Nome, Alaska so she hasn't found any black men). The Duke plays along as a joke, but the illusion is destroyed when he takes his hat off to reveal a still-white forehead.
* Although Colombian-born Zoe Saldana herself is considered black by American standards, her use of darker makeup and prostheses to play Creator/NinaSimone was part of the many [[TroubledProduction difficulties]] faced by the 2016 biopic ''Nina''. Simone had made her dark skin tone a key part of her identity, and for many other dark-skinned African-American fans of the singer it was such a slap in the face to cast a light-skinned actress in the role and ''then'' make her up to be darker[[note]]when darker-skinned actresses were available who could have played the part without makeup ... indeed, Creator/MaryJBlige was originally cast[[/note]] that not only were several online petitions started calling for production to stop, Simone's family asked Saldana to never again quote the singer after she did so in a tweet to defend herself.
* ''Film/DearwhitePeople'' begins with a HowWeGotHere moment, where the main cast watch a news report depicting the race riot that ensued when a predominantly white fraternity threw blackface party. A montage following the end of the film showed pictures from [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer numerous American universities were such parties had taken place.]]
* In ''Film/NineteenFortyOne'', when Sgt. Tree's tank heads to the Pacific to face against the Japanese sub, Private Jones, played by Frank McRae gets flour on his face, and Pvt Foley, played by John Candy, laughs at him. Until Jones points out that he has soot on his face, and guffaws while telling Foley to "go the back of the tank."
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'': Inverted. Halle Berry plays a Jewish woman, Jocasta Ayrs, in Frobisher's story.

* In Nellie Bly's travel memoir ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInSeventyTwoDays'' she describes some of the male passengers aboard ship putting on a minstrel show, complete with blackface, as their boat sailed down the Red Sea.
* In one of the ''Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' books, the town has a contest where different townsfolk each put on a little show. Laura's father and a few of his friends win it with a Blackface routine. Don't bother looking for this scene on the [[Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie television series]], obviously.
* Part of the immense, ''immense'' controversy involved in the [[VanityPublishing self-published]] ''[[Literature/SaveThePearls Revealing Eden]]'' book is that, in its future where [[PersecutionFlip blacks have all the cultural cachet and whites are a minority]], a number of whites use "Midnight Luster" cream that not only protects against UV radiation but allows them to "pass" as black. And yes, there were trailers for the book featuring white actresses in blackface.
* The 1960 German children novel JimButton features the main character with a clear blackface design on the cover. Even the 1986 TV puppet adaptation follows the design very closely, as it did not hold the same negative connotations in Germany as it did in the United States.
* There's an unusual version in ''Literature/{{Sharps}}'' which inverts the connotations of blackface. Nobility and elite soldiers from TheEmpire are darker skinned than people in the [[VestigialEmpire city states that have broken off]], and so in the provinces, when actors portray aristocratic characters in plays, they darken their skin and put on plummy accents that are pale imitation of how Imperials [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman actually talk]].
* In the ''Literature/FatherBrown'' story "The God of the Gongs", a black murderer tries to escape the police by disguising himself in blackface as a minstrel performer, as the one kind of person who nobody would imagine would actually be black.
* In "Betsy~Tacy Go Downtown" of the ''Literature/BetsyTacy'' series, a major point in the beginning of the book is a girl having passes to see "Uncle Tom's Cabin" on stage. Betsy, Tacy, and Tib try to get up their own play, where Tacy is to wear blackface. They end up attending "Uncle Tom's Cabin", where there are many performers in blackface. Which isn't too surprising, as the book takes place sometime around 1904 in Minnesota.
* In the Literature/LeftBehind book ''Glorious Appearing'', Mac [=McCullum=] had his face tinted dark to disguise himself as a Global Community officer of a different race so that he could go into Jerusalem to find Buck Williams. At that point, with the Global Community being more concerned about uniting together to destroy the Jews, the Christians, and the God they believe in, nobody on either side of the conflict either notices this or even cares to be offended by it. It also helps that Zeke Jr. is just that good of a makeup artist.
* In the ''Literature/RaggedyAnn'' stories, one of the toys is a mammy doll, Beloved Belindy. While her portrayal was mostly positive with some subtler racist elements, her blatant blackface design makes the character ten times more uncomfortable, and modern editions of the books make no attempts to keep in.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/MadMen'' season 3 episode "My Old Kentucky Home" features [[DirtyOldMan Roger]] [[DeadpanSnarker Sterling]] in blackface, singing the title song to his new, twenty-something wife. Some of the characters are horrified, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance but more about a respectable businessman making an ass of himself than moral indignation over the racial insensitivity]].
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'',
** Discussed and Lampshaded in "Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth", where the gang decides to do a sequel to ''Film/LethalWeapon'' with both Mac and Dennis alternate playing Murtaugh. Dennis refuses to be in blackface, but has no problem doing a "black voice." Mac dons full shoe polish and tries to retroactively use Creator/LaurenceOlivier as justification. [[HypocriticalHumor Nobody remarks]] on the fact that Frank spends the entire movie playing a [[{{Brownface}} villainous Native American stereotype]].
** Used again in "Lethal Weapon 6," when Mac again darkens his skin to play Murtaugh. During the shower scene, Mac's makeup begins to wash off. Dee also plays Murtaugh's daughter in blackface and does a stereotypical voice.
* In Australia, ''The Footy Show'' memorably did this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSn3fmUm0yQ one time]] when Indigenous player Nicky Winmar was unable to appear, and the show was speculating what happened to him. Well on the final segment of the show host Eddie [=McGuire=] was going to review the teams for Freemantle and West Coast when the audience starts laughing. He twigs that [[TheLancer Sam Newman]] has done something and is almost scared to look at Sam impersonating Winmar wearing black facepaint. Despite the cries of outrage over the incident Winmar had the last laugh. One year later, there would be a knock at the guest door after Sam laments they never had that anymore. He gets up to answer it to reveal Winmar, all smiles, apologizing for being a year late.
* In another Australian incident, an act called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh90w-hbqhI "The Jackson Jive"]] appeared on ''Hey Hey, It's Saturday'', a variety show, shortly after Music/MichaelJackson's death. Five men, doctors in everyday life, danced in blackface and afro wigs, while a sixth, dressed as Michael, replete with ghost-white makeup, sang "Can You Feel It." American guest judge Harry Connick Jr. was understandably offended. The host apologized to Connick on air.
* Cop show ''[[AustralianSeries Boney]]'' outraged Aboriginal rights groups. Due to a shortage of suitably qualified actors, the lead role of the Aboriginal copper who solves crimes through native tracking and hunting skills was played by a white man in blackface. And he was from New Zealand.
* In the Polish comedy series ''Alternatywy 4'' (1983), one character was a black American exchange student named Abraham Lincoln, played by a white man wearing blackface. Poles attempted to justify the portrayal due to the relative lack of black people in Poland at the time.
* In a Halloween episode of the Irish [[VlogSeries video-diary sitcom]] ''Dan and Becs'', the main characters plan to go to a party in fancy dress as a couple. Due to a miscommunication, Bec thinks they're going as Richard Gere and Creator/JuliaRoberts from ''Film/PrettyWoman'' and dresses accordingly. Dan thinks they're going as... Ike and Tina Turner. They give their diary entries on the night, still in costume, [[RefugeInAudacity Dan still covered in blackface]]. Their black taxi driver is [[MistakenForRacist not impressed with Dan's get-up]] until, that is, he remarks, "Oh, [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike you're meant to be Ike Turner.]] Why didn't your girlfriend go as Tina?"
* According to ''Series/TheGoodies'', their ancestors were cruelly kidnapped by the BBC and forced into blackface as cast members on ''The Black and White Minstrel Show'' (see corresponding entry). They eventually fought for equal rights, no matter what colour paint, be it black, white, green, polka-dot. The episode was actually labelled: DO NOT BROADCAST - RACIST in the BBC archive. The Goodies also appear in blackface in the South Africa and Eckythump episodes. The show also mocked UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra racists by showing how horrified they are of blackface performers: white people imitating black people. [[ItMakesSenseInContext One episode has Bill Oddie covering his exposed arms and face with shoe polish and converting to Islam]].
* ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'':
** Bertie Wooster and Jeeves both disguise themselves in as part of a troupe of blackface minstrels in order to escape J. Washburn Stoker, father of Pauline, the girl in of Bertie's ill-fated engagements. The minstrels were there as part of Stoker's son's birthday party. Wooster ends up having to perform ''Lady of Spain'' in blackface with the minstrels before being able to escape. Later the the Harley St. doctor Sir Roderick Glossop has to dress up in blackface to entertain a young boy who was promised that he could see the minstrels at Stoker's son's birthday party, but is unable to go in the confusion.
** In another episode, Bertie is persuaded to disguise himself as an African chief [[ZanyScheme in order to retrieve a tribal artifact]], making things very awkward when the real chief shows up. In each case, UnfortunateImplications are mostly skirted because the joke is not on black people but on what a dolt Bertie is for thinking it would work.
* ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram'' played with this. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Sarah]] argued with a black man that being Jewish is harder than being black, and the two agreed to go through one day as the other ethnicity for a day to test it. Sarah dressed up in a horribly stereotypical and offensive way, receiving very unpleasant remarks, [[TheDitz thinking they actually thought she was black and their responses were genuine racism]]. When she met the man in the usual spot she and the gang get their coffee and said that she agreed that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint being black was harder]], the black man said he realised being Jewish was actually harder. He was wearing a yarmukle, peot, a long false nose, and a shirt saying 'I <3 Money'. The man left the place as the two exchanged suspicious looks.
* The Python crew occasionally donned blackface to play Indian or black roles for ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketches.
* One episode of ''Series/DoNotAdjustYourSet'' features the show's band, Music/TheBonzoDogBand, performing in blackface. This included rather large examples of exaggerated lips, even as far as blackface is concerned!
* In an episode of ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', Julian Barret plays "Rudy", a partially two-dimensional guitarist/sage with an appearance resembling Jimi Hendrix. Barret has darkened skin as well as fake teeth to make him appear to be gap-toothed. He also has a large fake afro with a door to another dimension. In another episode, Rudy is fully three-dimensional and is no longer blackface, though he does retain his magic afro.
* Inverted/subverted in the first episode of ''Toast of London'': an African woman named Kikini Bamalam undergoes plastic surgery performed by rogue plastic surgeon Beezus Fuffoon, and ends up looking like 70s era Generation Game host Bruce Forsyth, all except for one hand which remains black.
* ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'':
** Mr. Grainger does himself up in blackface to perform "Mammy" in the B-plot of an episode. Ultimately, this rolls back into the main plot: [[spoiler:In order to replace a malfunctioning animatronic Santa, the Men's and Lady's Wear staffers are auditioning for the role (and its extra pay). Grainger doesn't have time to remove the blackface before the audition... which makes him more attractive to the child brought in to select who'll get the role. The kid is black.]]
** Another episode has the staff performing a minstrel number, in blackface, to celebrate Old Mr Grace's supposed African heritage. As you can see on his face at the end of the show as his staff is strutting about in blackface, he is horrified at this spectacle.
* Seen in the pilot episode of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' (which takes place in the 1920s) during the New Year's celebration.
* Parodied by ''Series/SpittingImage'' in "The White & White Minstrel Show" that features the [[InvertedTrope polar opposite]] of this trope: black people wearing whitefaces. The sketch itself is a bitting satire of the apartheid in South Africa where they think "that blackfaces don't belong with black".
* ''The Black and White Minstrel Show'' performed musical numbers in blackface on a primetime BBC slot from 1958 to 1978. The show scaled back the blackface numbers toward the end of its run. Its cancellation was not due to the blackface, however, but due to cutbacks on variety shows. The stage show version continued until ''1987''!
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has a flashback to an incident where Turk convinced JD to wear blackface (where Turk himself would be wearing whiteface) while they met with some friends of Turk's. Turk ends up being distracted at an inopportune moment, meaning that JD seems to be alone when the guys see him. It does not end well.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'', Chang dresses up as his ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Drow character, which includes jet black skin. Both Shirley and Pierce think he's in {{blackface}}.
* In an episode of ''Series/GimmeABreak'', Samantha dresses Joey up in blackface to perform at Nell's church in a VerySpecialEpisode about racism.
* In the ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode "Birth of the Baby", Archie is forced by his lodge to appear in blackface in a minstrel show. Right before he's supposed to go onstage, he's informed that his daughter has gone into labor, so he ends up in the hospital in blackface.
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'': When Lucy goes into labor, Ricky had been performing -- and he shows up at the hospital in a faux-African tribal getup and blackface.
* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''Series/{{Soap}}'' when the Major, Chester, and Donahue are in blackface in preparation for a night raid on the [[{{Cult}} Sunnies]] church/bunker along with Series/{{Benson}} in order to rescue Billy. (The blackface in this case is an ordinary stealth technique so as not to be easily seen.) As they're planning, Jessica comes in and apologizes for interrupting Benson's reunion with his family. After they explain that they're them, Jessica asks why they're dressed as 'Negros'. During the raid they get caught, and Benson covers for them by saying they're [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Step_Brothers the Step Brothers,]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u65R6ur5r0#t=2m06s leads the others in a dance "audition."]]
* ''Series/ThirtyRock''
** Jenna Maroney has appeared in blackface twice. The first time, not unlike the ''The Sarah Silverman Show'' example, arose from an argument with Tracy Jordan about whether it is harder to be black or a woman. The second occurred when Jenna dressed as Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann while her [[{{Crossdresser}} crossdressing boyfriend]] dressed as Creator/NataliePortman in ''Film/BlackSwan'' making them ...two black swans.
** A live episode, where Kenneth defends live television, has a flashback to an Series/AmosAndAndy expy show - Tracy Jordan plays one half of the team, and Creator/JonHamm plays the other, in poorly applied blackface and horribly over-the-top mannerisms that finally got on Jordan's last nerve. Kenneth explains that the network thought [[MonoChromeCasting two black people on the same show would make the audience nervous]] - "...[[BitingTheHandHumor a rule NBC still uses today]]!"
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
** When Fred Armisen started playing UsefulNotes/BarackObama, a minor stink was raised about whether it constituted blackface. The issue died out after it was argued that Fred Armisen and Barack Obama are both mixed race and the fact that they're not the same mix just makes it a standard case of FakeNationality. Plus the darkening of Armisen's skin looks like the spray tan it probably is, and most people aren't offended by spray tans.
** Darrell Hammond played Jesse Jackson with fewer complaints.
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/LifesTooShort'', Warwick watches a performance of "Ebony and Ivory" performed by two dwarfs, one of whom is a woman in blackface. Warwick says that he's pretty sure you can't "black up" these days, but "maybe in the North."
* Billy Crystal sparked some very minor controversy when he appeared as Sammy Davis Jr. during his intro to the 84th Academy Award presentation. Crystal used realistic makeup to resemble Davis, not stylized blackface. Critics were apparently unaware that Crystal had been doing Davis impressions for years, including his time on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', with Davis's personal blessing.
* It's implied Barney once used this on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. He mentions that the worst lie he ever told to get a woman into bed (and that is a ''very'' competitive category) was when he used a seduction technique called "The Soul Man". We're not told the details of what it involved, but he used it to hook up with a woman who would only date black guys, and he did it while going by the alias "[[GhettoName Barnell]]".
* Parodied in the first series of ''Series/LittleBritain'' in a recurring sketch featuring minstrels facing discrimination in a similar manner to minorities. It's also played straight as there are a number of black, Asian and Arabic characters played by the white leads.
* Inverted in ''Series/ChappellesShow'' in sketches where the black host Dave Chappelle lightens his skin in order to play white character Chuck Taylor. Chuck has appeared in several episodes of the show, and as a RunningGag, his skin gets lighter and lighter with each appearance until his final appearance has him almost literally white.
* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', Dwight has a warehouse employee dress up as Black Peter, complete with blackface. Luckily he figures out that the office staff will find it offensive, so he texts Black Peter to not show up. He appears later with most of the makeup wiped off.
* In the episode "Korzenie" ("Roots") of Polish sitcom ''Swiat wedlug Kiepskich'', the main protagonist wakes up to discover that not only him, but everyone around is suddenly black, including people on TV. Nobody understands his surprised reaction, all the pictures in the family album suggest that he has always been black, and his apartment holds a church service with gospel music. The episode ends with him finding out that his asshole neighbour is still white, and upon pointing it out he responds with "So what? Just because I'm white doesn't mean you can bully me! I'm a human being just like the rest of you!".
* ''Series/TheManShow'' had two recurring skits where Jimmy Kimmel browned his skin. One skit had Jimmy dressing up like Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone and dispensing {{Cloudcuckoolander}} ramblings about nothing. Kimmel had previously developed his Malone impression for the radio, where costuming was not an issue. The other skit had him dressed up like Oprah Winfrey as a parody of Oprah's feminine lifestyle segments on her own show.
* The very creepy Papa Lazarou from ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' is a subversion. [[spoiler:That's what [[HumanoidAbomination he really]] [[NotAMask looks like]].]]
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook''
** The show briefly uses blackface as a punchline to a skit about a group of historical re-enactors who get tired of covering the UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar all the time and briefly try to re-enact a scene from the Congolese civil war while awkwardly trying not to be racist (and failing).
** This also happened [[EstablishingSeriesMoment in the very first episode]] after Mitchell had come out in a burqa for a parody of "Improve your looks!" show. He was sporting this trope underneath because he felt more natural when wearing it.
* One {{Retraux}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX_3B4rcDpI sketch]] by Series/TheTwoRonnies has Ronnie Barker playing "[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Al Vermont]]", a singer who performs in blackface.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'', Rob and Laura manage to accidentally dye their hands black with permanent ink just before they need to attend a ceremony to accept an award from "the Committee for Interracial Understanding." Realizing that this could be a major FeeFiFauxPas, they eventually decide to wear fancy gloves to the banquet in an attempt to cover it up. Fortunately when the truth comes out, everyone sees the humorous side of it.
* ''Series/PeepShow'': In one episode, Jeremy's girlfriend darkens his whole body to resemble a black man before sex. Jeremy is extremely uncomfortable with the idea.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': One episode has Kramer falling asleep in a tanning bed just before a date to meet his black girlfriend's parents. They are outraged that he appears to be in blackface.
* The third episode of ''Series/WithBobAndDavid'' has two examples: in one sketch, a phony tech guru shows a picture of an old advertisement for blackface as part of his presentation. In a later sketch, an desperate police watchdog activist tries to goad some police officers into brutalizing him by donning blackface.
* In the seventh episode of the second season of ''Series/TheKnick'', a vaudeville duo performs in blackface to entertain the audience of a ball.
* ''Series/FaceOff'': In this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeaxTlgwJuw promo,]] Greg Cannom transformed young model Malia Bautista into an 60-year-old African-American.
* Creator/HowardStern during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCFN3RrfaUk#t=0m13s this 1981 appearance]] on ''Petey Greene's Washington''.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory,'' [[NoSocialSkills Sheldon Cooper]] invites [[Creator/LeVarBurton LeVar Burton]] to his podcast ''Fun With Flags,'' and, despite Leonard telling him it was racist, shows him a video of him portraying George Washington Carver. Burton was not pleased.
* The episode, [[Series/AdamRuinsEverything Adam Ruins:]] [[ChristmasEpisode Christams]] averts this when Adam talks about the different incarnations of SantaClaus. He talks about the Dutch Sinterklass' slave, Black Peter, but his sister, Reah, prevents the camera from showing a man in blackface.
* ''Series/Tosh0'' once featured a Webredemption for the [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/l11uc6/tosh-0-web-redemption---blackface-kid---uncensored little boy who dressed up as Martin Luther King Jr.]], make up and all, as part of his Black History project.
* Series/DearWhitePeople'': Just as in the film, a party where white students dress up as black people occurs, and sparks the plot.
* ''Series/TheDeuce'': Vincent arrives at his bar to discover a band playing a cover of "96 Tears" with the lead singer in a blackface get-up. Vincent asks his bartender why the singer is dressed like Creator/AlJolson, and she says it's because he's half black. This only confuses Vincent more. Although never named, the singer is supposed to be [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garland_Jeffreys Garland Jeffreys]], who covered "96 Tears" and was half black.

* An entire genre of music, the "coon song" was dedicated to mocking black people, sung by performers in blackface. Paradoxically, such songs were often written by African American composers such as Ernest Hogan, Sam Lucas, and Bob Cole. The genre was a precursor to ragtime and was eventually replaced by it. Note that in popular usage, "coon song" was often applied to music sung, originating from, or merely in the style of, Negro music, without regard to content. One who sang Negro songs was a "coon shouter."
* Appears rather shockingly in the video for Music/CultureClub's "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?" as Boy George is convicted by a jury of jazz-handing minstrels.
* Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine's music video for "No Light, No Light" has two savage people in blackface [[ScaryBlackMan menacing]] the white singer, who is saved by white choirboys and seen at the end with a white lover. Supposedly, the men in blackface are meant to be [[UnfortunateImplications demons]].
* The European version of the video for Taco's cover of "Puttin' on the Ritz" has tuxedo-clad dancers in blackface lean into view each time the words "Super duper" are sung, and the instrumental shows them tap-dancing. For the North American market, a photo of Gary Cooper (name-dropped in the previous line) replaces the blackface dancers, and the tap-dance segment shows them only from the waist down. The only part where blackface is still briefly seen is in profile on a few dancers in a longer-distance shot of Taco moving in slow-motion.
* Music/JoniMitchell appeared in blackface on the cover of her 1977 album ''Don Juan's Reckless Daughter'' as her alter ego, a man named Art Nouveau, who she claimed represented her "[[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy black soul]]."
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxlJLz9M8hQ Music video]] for [[{{Music/OFWGKTA}} Tyler The Creator]]'s "Tamale" criticizes censorship hypocrisy by openly showing lots of sexual content while censoring the short blackface minstrel bit appearing near the beginning of the video.
* Joe Letz of industrial band Combichrist has performed in blackface during their 2017 tour, including photoshopping his head next to buckets of fried chicken in promotional materials.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In 1998, Wrestling/DGenerationX mocked the mostly black PowerStable Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination by dressing as them, complete with blackface. This somehow received little to no complaints, and is still considered one of ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'''s funniest moments.
* At ''Wrestling/WrestleMania VI'', Wrestling/RoddyPiper fought [[Wrestling/AllenCoage Bad News Brown]] with half his body in blackface, after Bad News Brown called him racist. Apparently he did it to show that color doesn't matter. The paint was a concoction that could only be removed by a specific solvent (so Piper wouldn't sweat or smear the paint off during the match). Piper would claim later that Wrestling/AndreTheGiant and Arnold Skaaland, as a joke, dumped the solvent down the drain and replaced it with plain water; it took weeks of scrubbing and sitting in a sauna for the paint to finally come off.
* During a feud with [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Team 3D]], the James Gang mocked them by cosplaying as them, complete with [[Wrestling/BillyGunn Kip James]] in blackface to imitate Brother Devon.

* Most black vaudevillians wore blackface. Some were light enough that they needed to put on burnt cork to make it clear to the audience; others just bowed to vaudeville standards.
** Popular vaudeville actor Bert Williams often performed in blackface. As he gained more success, his works phased out the extreme racial humor. His popularity among white and black audiences ultimately made him a force for increased racial tolerance.
** Bill Robinson, popularly known as "Mr. Bojangles", was among the first black performers to make it big without blackface.
* Roles like the title part in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' and Monostatos in ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'' were written for white actors using makeup, and some portrayals veered toward blackface caricature. Today they are usually done without the makeup (or with black performers) to avoid accusations of blackface.
* Similarily, the title character in Shakespeare's was traditionally played by a white actor in makeup, though the original King's Men might not have used it. It wasn't until 1943 that a black actor played the role in a major stage production of the play, but the success of that production didn't stop the common practice of using blackface to last well through the 60s.
* Referenced in the play ''No Sugar'', which revolves around a family of Australian aborigines in the 1930s. In one scene, they recall a recent trip to the cinema, where they saw an American film with a blackface performer, who they joke must have been having a really rough time as a whitefella if he saw becoming black as a step up.
* Depending on the country and the company, blackface is still used in some ballets, such as for the Moor doll in ''Petrouchka'', the Moor doll in ''TheNutcracker'' (if the production has one), and the children in the Golden Idol sequence in ''La Bayadere''. In the US and UK, some companies have eliminated blackface or cast the roles with dancers of color, although the practice has still not disappeared.
* WordOfGod says that the Hungarian version of ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' replaced the Gary Coleman character with Music/MichaelJackson to avert this trope. This way, the character could be played by a white actor and still be considered African-American.
* In a very much FairForItsDay production of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', Creator/OrsonWelles relocated the story to the Caribbean and played the title role in blackface. The rest of the cast was themselves black, and Welles used his notoriety to further promote the play. Despite initial fears of TomFoolery, the play was renowned for its quality cast.

* "Golliwogg" dolls are dolls made in the style of a person in blackface. They can still be purchased in some areas.
* The "Jolly Nigger Bank" is a tin can money bank depicting a person in blackface as greedy.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Jynx appeared to be uncomfortably close to this aesthetic before its coloring was changed to purple due to complaints. While it got a baby form with its equivalents Magmar and Electabuzz it was notably the only one of the trio that didn't receive an evolution. It is sometimes claimed to have been designed after the "ganguro" style, though it was only just beginning to come to prominence in Japan at the time. A more likely candidate is the European Zwarte Piet holiday character mentioned below, considering its Ice typing and appearance as Santa's helpers in the anime, or the Yama-Uba of Japanese folklore, a white-haired woman with dark, frostbitten skin, who lives in the mountains.
* The [[PragmaticAdaptation turtle shell]] in ''VideoGame/DokiDokiPanic'' has a blackface appearance.
* ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' has the Black Baron, revealed to be white by the announcers (who proceed to argue on whether or not it's important). He has the mannerisms of a stereotypical pimp. Perhaps bowing to how the overseas market would view it, ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'' (which is in color as opposed to its precursor's DeliberatelyMonochrome) portrays the Baron as an actual black man who goes by the title "The '''Blacker''' Baron".
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' features a status effect called Black Face, which raises your Muscle stat and damage, but lowers your combat initiative. The effect description simply reads: "Yeah, we went there."
* Unintentionally occurs with Passionate Patti in ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry 5'' due to a malfunctioning copy machine.
* An extremely unfortunate example occurs in Square's NES adaptation of ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'', released only in Japan. The caricature used for Jim would almost be cause for TorchesAndPitchforks in the U.S.
* Oil Man from ''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp''. He was recolored blue and yellow in the English version, but his voice actor still plays him as sounding black-ish and worse yet he's portrayed as being somewhat lecherous, shiftless and not overly bright.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and its follow-up ''VideoGame/MajorasMask'', the Skull Kids originally had blackface-esque facial features. When Majora's Mask was released internationally, the Skull Kid had his appearance altered to have beak-like lips and brown skin with a wooden texture. Surprisingly, Skull Kid retains his blackface look in the manga versions, even outside of Japan.
* In the arcade version of ''VideoGame/SunsetRiders'', a character caught in fire got a blackface look before he collapsed. The SNES version censors that, with the standard death drop animation instead.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}''. [[BigBad The Devil]] had all the potential to be a depiction of this. But Studio MDHR [[DefiedTrope were having none of that]], and altered his appearance to his final design to avoid this.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* An inversion is mentioned in ''{{Webcomic/Unsounded}}'': the people of Cresce are black, so actors in a Crescian play with fair-skinned roles wear whiteface.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/BradJonesDemoReel'', Gretchen said she played ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' while wearing blackface, and [[ParodiedTrope then whiteface over that]].
* The pilot of the original ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' had a bit where Tacoma, playing the Joker, wasn't sure if a black man wearing whiteface makeup was offensive or not.
* WebVideo/BartBaker had a few parodies with himself in blackface.
** An elderly Chris Brown in "Senior Citizen Love" (International Love)
** Rihanna in the "Pour It Up" parody
** Kanye West in the "Bound 2" parody.
* [[MemeticMutation The "Firing mah Lazer" meme.]] (Complete with a whole "Lazer Song" on Youtube, and whatever. Shoop-da-whoop.)

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The very first ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' star, WesternAnimation/BoskoTheTalkInkKid, isn't seen much nowadays because he is visually a blackface caricature. He was generally depicted as the hero of the shorts and an admirable character, and the blackface elements of his design were gradually toned down, but the origin was still obvious.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' characters such as Bugs Bunny would [[AshFace often get soot blown in their faces]], causing them to spontaneously parody ''Film/TheJazzSinger'' or [[Radio/TheJackBennyShow Eddie Rochester.]] The Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set features unedited short cartoons featuring blackface and other stereotypes. Whoopi Goldberg hosts an introductory segment on the disc to explain the intent behind this: while such stereotypes are bad, [[OrwellianEditor it would be worse to pretend that they didn't exist]]. Further details are [[http://www.omg-facts.com/Celebs/The-Looney-Tunes-Golden-Collection-DVDs/53038#OLbFs6OlYMcPlUST.99 here]].
** A famous example is Bugs singing Music/AlJolson's "Sammy" in {{Blackface}} in ''WesternAnimation/AnyBondsToday''.
* Appeared in quite a few of the early ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts as well. When re-aired these scenes tend to be edited out, and a couple shorts which can't be easily edited have been all-out banned and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes don't even appear on the [=DVDs=]]].
* At least one ''Creator/{{Terrytoons}}'' short has done this, as seen on Jerry Beck's site.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'' featured this type of imagery ''intentionally'' to mock the many racist caricatures of African-Americans throughout the 30s and 40s.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' riffs on this trope in "Summer Sucks." The town gets covered in ashes, causing all the ash-covered residents to look like they're in blackface. Needless to say, Chef, the resident black man who'd just returned from his vacation, isn't pleased.
-->'''Chef''': Okay, everybody get in line so I can whoop all your asses.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in season 9, when Chris wanted to dress up as Creator/BillCosby for Halloween, using blackface as well as his trademark sweater. Lois tried telling him it’s wrong, but Chris just said, ‘Why, don’t I look like him?’ Lois agreed that he did, but then said, ‘You can’t just go out on the street in blackface, it’s racist! [[HypocriticalHumor Now go put on that Indian head gear I bought you!]]’
* The book ''Kaboom! Explosive Animation from America and Japan'' mentions that "Even today, the question can be legitimately asked: How much of MickeyMouse is mouse, and how much is blackface clown?"
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' contains a one-off blink-and-you'll-miss-it blackface gag with the blackfish in "Under The Sea". This wouldn't be racist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_blackfish if the blackfish was actually black,]] [[UnfortunateImplications but as it isn't...]]
* The Smiths in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' show up to a black organization's banquet in blackface after misreading the invitation. It turns out the party's name was "Black People Changing the Face of America".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Krieger shows the other staff members a flyer for his horrible one-man show, which, according to their comments, includes him using blackface.

* This happens in UsefulNotes/ThePhilippines, particularly in the province of Aklan in the Visayas every January, when the native brown people smear their bodies with black coal to celebrate a feast with the indigenous black minority called the Aetas, with a help of a miracle from a memento from the Spaniards that helped develop a culture. It's called the ''Ati-atihan'', which literally means "festival of acting like Aetas".
* A Japanese earthquake safety pamphlet passed out as late as 2004 featured a cartoon "sambo" character with a blackface appearance. After some complaints, the pamphlet was redrawn.
* The helpers of UsefulNotes/{{Sinterklaas}} (the Dutch Santa Claus) are usually white people in blackface and colourful costumes called Zwarte Piet ("Black Pete").
* There is a picture of Eva Braun dressed as Al Jolson, in suit and full blackface. [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W2PNVJUwiHw/TXmcIdnNz8I/AAAAAAAABhA/qvRZW9KD884/s1600/evabraunblackface.jpg Yes, you read that right.]]
* New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind landed in hot water when a picture surfaced of him costumed as a black basketball player for [[UsefulNotes/JewishHolidays Purim]], complete with darkened skin and an afro wig. Critics labeled the costume blackface, while Hikind insisted that no offence was intended.
* If anyone knows anything about K-Pop or the Korean entertainment industry they also know Korea's love for blackface which was, and still is to this day, such a serious issue that many ex-pats and international fans really did not enjoy. Like, well-known Korean industry fan community [=OmonaTheyDidn't=], [[http://omonatheydidnt.livejournal.com/11207901.html who wrote an open letter and petition back in 2013.]]
* In pre-season testing for the 2008 UsefulNotes/FormulaOne season, Lewis Hamilton (the first successful black F1 driver) was racially abused by people blackfacing and wearing shirts reading "Hamilton's Family".
* Jane Hamsher, a blogger for Huffington Post, came under attack for posting a doctored picture of then-U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, then a Democrat (but before he became an "Independent Democrat"), in blackface, being shown alongside UsefulNotes/BillClinton. Hamsher subsequently apologized.
* Two instances of blackface that happened for Halloween in 2013:
** Vice Principal Lionel Klotz, at Mayfield Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, dressed as Creator/MrT in chains and blackface. He was briefly suspended.
** When Julianne Hough and friends went as characters from ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', Hough dressed as "Crazy Eyes," a black inmate. Her costume included face make-up to darken her skin, which caused a controversy. She later apologized.
* Many Morris troupes in England perform in blackface and are often criticised for it, however such traditions usually come from other sources, such as in County Durham where it reflects the mining history of the area and is an accurate representation of the look of miners after a long shift underground.
* Some {{cosplay}}ers use makeup to darken their skin to more accurately replicate the characters they are dressed as. It is an ''extremely'' controversial practice due to being highly evocative of this trope for many.
* [[http://www.twitter.com/LewisParkerUK Lewis Parker]], a former Youtube vlogger and current political journalist/equality officer for the London Young Labour party, came under fire when images were leaked of him in Blackface. Despite Lewis' attempts at [[JustJokingJustification dismissing it as a facial mask]], the caption used for the initial image did not help his cause. Lewis later wrote an "apology" blog, in which he insists he not be held accountable for this as it was posted before he entered the world of politics, and somehow managed to shift the blame onto the colleague who publicly called him out over it. Lewis still currently holds his position as equality officer, ironically enough.
* In 2016, [[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/07/boglarka-balogh-seven-types-of-blackface a Hungarian human rights activist was criticized for this.]] Having recently returned from an assignment in Africa, [[CondescendingCompassion she sought to bring awareness of the Indigenous tribes that were in danger of dying out by donning dark skin makeup and dressing up in traditional attire.]]