->''"Aw, people of Sherwood, you've been had! Hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Run amuck! ''We'' didn't land on Sherwood Forest; Sherwood Forest landed on ''us''!"''
-->-- '''Achoo''', ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''

A form of StrawCharacter, this trope is specific to black characters.

These characters are often very far to the left of the political spectrum, and usually militant. These black radicals or activists are depicted as a bunch of [[StrawHypocrite hypocritical]], irrational, paranoid, unreasonable, lazy, bigoted, [[EverythingIsRacist race-card-playing]], [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiratorial]] raving loons. Even within [[{{Blaxploitation}} black TV shows and movies]], they're very rarely depicted as respectable or intelligent people whose opinion is of any real merit. When it comes to black TV and films, this could be an attempt by some black writers to subvert the stereotype of black people agreeing with these particular views. In the process, they ended up creating a StrawCharacter.

The TropeNamer is UsefulNotes/MalcolmX, who achieved fame during the American civil rights movement for his aggressive and hard-line views on race; this trope usually involves the ThemeParkVersion of his actual views, warped and exaggerated for the sake of parody or to serve the author's own viewpoint. Ironically, [[UnbuiltTrope most of the early examples of this trope are subversions]], with the more modern iterations essentially being a parody of a parody. Worth noting also is that many of the earliest examples of this trope [[OlderThanTheyThink actually predate Malcolm X by a fair bit.]]

Compare with StrawFeminist, AngryBlackMan.

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[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* Fisher Tiger from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a rare Japanese example, as well as a rare three-dimensional example. He raises a pirate crew of former fishman slaves and espouses their races' superiority in response to humans (and specifically the Celestial Dragon's) discrimination against them. Ultimately, he is killed because his hatred of humans runs so deep that he refuses to accept treatment for a mortal injury because the only blood available for a transfusion is human blood. To really drive the point home, he is contrasted with the queen of Fishman Island, Otohime. While Fisher Tiger believes that the differences between humans and fishmen are irreconcilable and they must live separately, Queen Otohime tried to encourage cooperation between the two races. Both ended up assassinated for their trouble as well: Fisher Tiger after being betrayed by a human village to whom he returned a captured slave, and Otohime by a fishman pirate who wanted to stoke anti-human hatred.
* Dian in ''Anime/{{Jewelpet 2009}}'' was, in his backstory, a Jewelpet supremacist who wanted to free his kind from humans, thinking that they were taking advantage of their good will and superiority (being magical creatures). He led a rebellion, but it was suppressed and he was banished and sealed for hundreds of years. When he is unsealed again, he has MotiveDecay and only wants revenge.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The character of Muhammad X from the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, a superhero in his own right who protects Harlem. He harasses Superman over his perceived neglect of the black community, and the damaging psychological effect of dependency on an all-powerful alien with white skin. Superman attempts to convince him that he can be a hero to all races, but fails, and the two part ways on rather bitter terms.
* Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'s arch nemesis Black Manta, whose motivation was to conquer Atlantis so he could slaughter the inhabitants and make the kingdom a haven for black people who'd been so repressed on the land. Or so he says - he's shifted goals multiple times and has outright stated he's just pretending to do this in order to get funds and men. He really just wants money and to see Aquaman dead.
* A [[TheSixties 1960s]] ''Little Annie Fanny'' comic, satirizing the ideological conflict between MLK Jr.'s and Malcolm X's followers, ends with "Marvin X" and his followers donning surplus [[GodwinsLaw Nazi uniforms]] and "Marvin" shouting "We must build a superior race! Let the liquidations begin!" At this, the unnamed MLK Jr. stand-in, whom Marvin's ship had rescued from the ocean, swims off saying, "I think I'll take my chances with the sharks."
* [[AntiVillain Strangely enough,]] ComicBook/{{Magneto}} is this, though he's white and Jewish and doesn't really care about black people (unless they also happen to be mutant). Loooong ago in TheSixties he was a generically evil villain who wanted to destroy humans because he believes mutants are superior, but by TheSeventies he'd been retooled with a more well-rounded characterization: when his past is revealed, we find he was a Holocaust survivor and believed that the growing hatred for mutants by humans would eventually mean a repeat, leading to a couple decades of [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope leading to him going]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters too far with his methods of]] [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized "protecting" and "ensuring the future"]] of mutantkind. He's therefore more of a analogue to Meir Kahane than Malcolm X, and even uses Kahane's motto of "Never Again" to justify his position, even though he and [[BigGood Professor X]] are compared to Malcom X and Martin Luther King , with oppression against mutants as a parallel to oppression of minorities.
* The Spike in ''ComicBook/XForce'' is a stereotypical militant AngryBlackMan who accuses everyone of race at every opportunity for purely careerist and publicity reasons.
* Commando X in ''ComicBook/{{Static}}'' was an early villain. He started off as a vigilante who attacked white supremacists before he JumpedOffTheSlipperySlope and started attacking innocent Jews because of his conspiracy theory-fueled anti-Semitism. Unlike most examples, this is actually an InvokedTrope: his character is used to address the troubled relationship between Jews and Black people in cities like Dakota, and to show Static the dangers of extremism.
* [[Franchise/StarWars "Jabari Jabari Binko"]] in an early ''Boondocks'' strip is a parody of this trope, meant to be an inversion of Jar Jar Binks' [[EthnicScrappy offensive racial stereotyping]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets'' plays this trope (among '''many''' others) for laughs by portraying Snowball the bunny as the animal equivalent of this, militantly devoted to overthrowing humans throughout most of the movie. Bonus points for being voiced by African American actor Kevin Hart.
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[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* Willie Stevens from ''Hangin' with the Homeboys''.
* Sharif from ''Film/MenaceIISociety'', though he's not depicted badly so much as he is just disregarded by his troubled criminal friends. Although there's a lot of cynicism that can be picked up from the way the character is written, especially how other characters treat him (even his dad!).
* Subverted in ''Film/ChasingAmy'' by Hooper X, a comic book artist character who used this trope, playing a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud Nubian]] and StrawCharacter when promoting his comic book; but was in fact a [[CampGay flamboyant homosexual]].
* A straight example from ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' is the film director, though he ''is'' played by Chris Rock, [[ActorAllusion who has spent his career lampooning these kinds of characters]].
* The Mau Mau gang from Creator/SpikeLee's ''Film/{{Bamboozled}}''. They fit the "hypocrisy" aspect of this character. The Mau Maus angrily denounce the {{Blackface}} entertainers with "Painted faces, disgrace to the races!" - but they are, in their own way, [[YouAreWhatYouHate just as buffoonish as what they condemn]]. And they're even more hypocritical when they execute one of the show's performers while wearing some of the "Mantan" Halloween masks they so despise (which makes them [[DirtyCoward Dirty Cowards]] as well).
* Buggin' Out from ''Film/DoTheRightThing''. Many of the other characters are angry about race issues as well, which is kinda the point of the movie.
* The Wayans brothers like the comedic version of this trope, with the addition that the more outspokenly Afrocentric the character is, the more obsessed he is with [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt banging white chicks]] -- most notably in ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka'' and ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood''.
* Mitch Mullany's ''Film/TheBreaks'' includes a scene reminiscent of ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka'' when the main character, Derrick, attends a spoken word performance. After a dreadlocked black man recites an angry Afrocentric poem, the hostess says, "Thank you very much, Stokely Ungawa, and your lovely wife, Betsy..." at which point the camera cuts to the same poet, embracing a very [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASPy]] looking blonde.
* Martin Lawrence plays an especially obnoxious example of this trope in ''Film/NationalSecurity''.
* Dave Chappelle playing "Conspiracy Brother" as a comedic subversion of this in ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. Chappelle did a riff on this trope nine years earlier, as Achoo in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights.'' His speech is taken word-for-word from Malcolm X's line about Plymouth Rock "landing on" the Africans, not the other way around.
* A blink-and-you'll-miss-him background character who shows up twice in ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse''. First during a war protest in New York City, mixed in amongst the crowds, and later can be seen in Paco's office, as another sign of Paco's increasing extremism.
* The 1997 remake of ''Film/TwelveAngryMen'' recasts the bigoted Juror #10, a white man in the original version, as one. In this version, the defendant is a Hispanic boy, and the juror seems to be angry that the boy's "kind" is "outbreeding" his own people.
* Zeus from ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' definitely qualifies. In fact, Creator/SamuelLJackson researched the role to look and act exactly like UsefulNotes/MalcolmX himself. He gradually drifts into more sensible territory as the movie progresses, though.
* Played straight and subverted with Marcus in ''Film/{{Airheads}}'', who accuses Rex and Milo of being racist, but has no clue who Rodney King is.
* Jeriko One in ''Film/StrangeDays'' is a combination of Malcolm X and Tupac Shakur. Given the fact that he's murdered by racist cops, he might have a point.
* ''Film/TheEnforcer'' has a black militant group based on both the Black Panthers and the Symbionese Liberation Army.
* The Afrocentrists in Film/{{PCU}}.
* ''Film/DearWhitePeople'': Sam serves as a female version, though she mellows over the course of the film.
* Fudge from ''Film/HigherLearning'' is a sixth year senior at the university. He is well-read and intelligent, but attempts to use his EverythingIsRacist philosophy as an excuse to be lazy. Malik turns into this as the movie goes on, using his school assignments as a soapbox for poorly thought out rants about America's racist history, criticizing his black professors for giving him bad grades for subpar work, and bullying his white roommate into becoming a Neo-Nazi. The movie as a whole is a deconstruction of this trope: this attitude is the result of legitimate frustration of America as a whole trying to pretend that racism is over with, but in turn causes racial tensions to boil over.
* ''Film/{{Airheads}}'': Marcus, one of KPPX "Rebel Radio"'s station employees taken hostage.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ras the Exhorter]] from Ralph Ellison's ''Literature/InvisibleMan''. Ras is a black separtist who uses inflammatory rhetoric and violence to get his point across, which causes no end of trouble for Ellison's AuthorAvatar. He directly contrasted to the Brotherhood (a stand-in for the American Communist Party), who are a well-meaning, but ineffectual group of Whites who actually harbor obliviously racist views.
* Guitar Baines of ''Literature/SongOfSolomon'' becomes a particularly dark version of this as he grows up. His intelligence and eloquence is warped by his deep hatred of white people, which he attempts to rationalize with a disturbing scientific rhetoric that recalls the real life eugenics movement. He eventually joins the Seven Days, whose goal is to kill a random white person any time they hear of a black person who is killed by a white person.
* The X-Man from Minister Faust's superhero novel ''From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain''. Played straight [[spoiler:until the ending, when it's revealed pretty much all his paranoid delusions about The Man are true.]]
* An interesting example from [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids youth literature]] is Axon Befal from the ''Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy''. The Erdlings are AmbiguouslyBrown, and [[spoiler: the decendants of exiled Kindar (Kindar being the race with "privledges")]]. When this all is revealed and the Erdlings are freed from their imprisonment BeneathTheEarth, Befal is preaching for ''violent'' retribution against the Kindar, including those ignorant of the Erdling's existence. Most Erdlings want nothing to do with him and consider him a criminal. In the game, his "wand" (a machete) makes the game {{Unwinnable}} if you [[VideogameCrueltyPunishment use it on anything other than briar bushes]].
* The fictionalized Black Muslim street preacher Abdul Sufi Hamid from ''Literature/MumboJumbo'' by IshmaelReed fills this role. He's a StrawHypocrite parody of the RealLife preacher Sufi Abdul Hamid.
* The bespectacled character Fess from Kristin Hunter's ''The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou'' is an up-and-coming teenage militant in this mold. "You haven't seen the light, Little Sister. You need to be indoctrinated."
* In ''Literature/ForWantOfANail'', an 1972 AlternateHistory book, Philip Harrison fits this trope well. He's the founder of Black Justice, and he wants to wage war against the other races as well hoping to found a separate state for black people.
* Sam [=McAndrews=] in the ''Literature/NantucketTrilogy''. He joins the renegade Walker in the hopes of finding and aiding the current "black" civilization. After arriving in Egypt, he is rather disillusioned, and [[spoiler:plans to found a civilization of his own in present-day Sudan]].

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* ''Series/ADifferentWorld'': Terence Taylor, to a T. He grew up in Germany with his white mother, but as soon as he hit Hillman's all-black campus, he began dressing in long wool coats and bedazzled fez hats, frequently talking about his new-found faith, TheMan, and how to uplift the black community. Played for comedy, the show being a sitcom and all. In the middle of one impassioned speech, [[TheHeckler Dwayne Wayne calls him a "Microwave Muslim."]]
* ''Series/{{Martin}}'': The episode "The Snow Bunny" features one of these. When the gang takes a trip to a ski lodge, Pam brings along new boyfriend Tashim, who dresses like a Black Panther and throughout the episode makes snide comments about/towards Tommy's guest, a white woman. This is played entirely for comedy, because Tashim's militant stance is absurd to the extreme. In one scene, as everyone is heading out to the slopes, Tashim carries a spray can. When asked why, he answers that he plains to paint as much of the snow black as he can. And at the episode's end, Tashim approaches the white woman, menacingly telling her, "I've got something to say to you", as if he's going to say something really rude and racist, while she snaps, "I've got something to say to you too", as if she's fed up with his rudeness. [[GenreSavvy Sure enough. . .]][[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt they leap into each others arms]] [[BelligerentSexualTension and start making out.]]
* A decent number of black characters from ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' qualify. Basically, if there's a black prosecutor/lawyer/defendant/minister/activist/etc. opposing the lead cast, s/he is likely to hit ''at least'' some parts of this trope and AngryBlackMan.
** Specifically defense attorney Shambala Green. Although not as over the top.
** Paul Robinette when he became a defense attorney.
** Defense attorney Carl Halpert, defense attorney Jerome Bryant... (notice a pattern here?)
** Then there's Congressman Eaton, a terrible Al Sharpton {{Expy}}.
** Perhaps most notorious is the Reverend Ott, who incites a riot in an episode based on the Crown Heights riots.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had Gunn pose at this to create a distraction for Angel to break into Wolfram and Hart. Evil's only weakness: ''political correctness!''
-->"Y'all can cater to the ''demon'', cater to the ''dead man''! But '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis WHAT! ABOUT! THE BLACK! MAAAAN?!]]'''"
* Ahmad Zaire from ''Series/TheParentHood''.
* Rev. Darnell Potter, a fairly transparent copy of the Rev. Al Sharpton, in ''Series/BlueBloods''. Not only is he a demagogue, an accessory to murder, a crook, a hatemonger and a liar, he's waging a motiveless war on the NYPD to boot. He even quotes Malcolm X once or twice.
* Senator Clay Davis in ''Series/TheWire'' manages to fool most of Maryland into ''thinking'' he is this guy, the best example being his {{Glurge}} Unleaded defense speech in court. In reality he's an embezzling, selfish, corrupt piece of [[CatchPhrase sheeeeeeeeeeeit]]...
* Awesomely nuanced in a ''Series/NewYorkUndercover'' episode "''The Reckoning''", with a Nation of Islam minister (Minister Malik) who shows heavy shades of this, BUT is also very fleshed out and humanized. Even giving him a sweet moment towards the end of the episode when a young black kid approaches him on the street and tells him "''I'm ready to be a man''" and Malik smiles and nods, then says "''Then you will be''".
* Averted with Kareem Said in ''Series/{{Oz}}''. He is a Black Nationalist, but he's also a pacifist trying his best to reform the prisoners who follow him, and is even willing to work with white inmates and the prison administration in pursuit of doing what he thinks is right. Subverted with "Supreme Allah" (real name Kevin Ketchum -- he never legally changed it) in season 4: he preaches about black supremacy, but all he's really interested in is selling drugs.
* Parodied with Chris Rock's character Nat X on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. He's so black, he urinates oil! He's so black, that when he went to night school, the teacher marked him absent.
* Michael Evans on ''Series/GoodTimes''. Nicknamed the "Militant Midget" by his family, he once declared that he preferred Cream of Wheat to oatmeal because "at least they got a black man on the box!"
* One of the two villains in the ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' episode "Cuba Libre."
* Parodied in ''Series/GoodnessGraciousMe'' with the character of "Malkit X", an Indian man who insists that everything around him is a calculated and deliberate insult to his race.
* The Brotherhood in the ''Series/AdamTwelve'' episode, "The Militants" LOG 76.
* In the "Lamont Goes African" episode of ''Series/SanfordAndSon'', Lamont embraces his African heritage, starts wearing a dashiki and deems "Lamont" to be a slave name and gives himself the name "Kalunda".
* On ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'', one Christmas the father was low on money, and happens across a stall advertizing Kwanzaa as a non-commercial option for Christmas. Chris' brother really gets into this, and according to the voiceover he still celebrates it in his adulthood and refuses to talk to white people on the day, including his white wife.
* Played with on ''Series/{{Scandal}}''. During the episode, The Lawn Chair, Olivia (having been hired by the police to handle the optics of a fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white cop) comes into conflict with Marcus Walker (a civil rights black neighborhood activist). She admonishes him for using the shooting as a boost to his political ambitions, but he throws it right back in her face by spewing allegations of her betraying the "community", pointing out her commitment to getting a white republican elected president twice and for her high class-status which distances her from the people in this community. The ultimate implication is that his accusation has more to do with class than race, since as a wealthy, successful black woman, she cannot entirely relate to the poor black community she's just walked into.
* A two-parter on ''Series/FridayNightLights'' has Coach Mac make some ignorant comments about the natural abilities of black players versus white players that spark controversy and create tension between the white and black students. Smash, who was the one the comments revolved around in the first place, doesn't think it's that big a deal until his black activist girlfriend Waverly convinces him that Mac needs to be fired, especially after Mac botches his apology press conference. So Smash leads all the black players on a protest where they refuse to play in the team's next playoff game until Mac is fired. When Coach Taylor makes it clear he won't fire Mac ([[NobleBigot who clearly isn't a hateful man and actively struggles with the prejudices passed onto him by his father]]) and will just use JV players to fill the roster holes, Smash considers ending the protest so the black players won't put their college football scholarship prospects at stake. However, Waverly tells him not to do it and it doesn't matter if the players ruin their futures if it's for the cause. Eventually, Smash's mother gets fed up with her and tells Smash that the protest isn't going to prove anything to the racists in Dillion and that the best way for him and the other players to do is to play, get their scholarships and college degrees, and become successful adults to prove the racists wrong and inspire future generations.

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* Faarooq (nee Wrestling/RonSimmons), during his time as leader of Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination stable in the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]]. Well, without the lazy part, and with a whole lot more violent tendencies. Clarence Mason, the Nation's attorney/manager was this trope combined with a parody of Johnnie Cochran
* Theodore Long, specifically when he was running his "Thuggin N Buggin Enterprises" faction with clients like [[Wrestling/DLoBrown D'Lo Brown]], Rodney Mack, MarkHenry, and Jazz. Though he toned it down once he became the fan-favorite ''[=SmackDown=]'' [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure GM]]. Coincidentally, Brown and Henry were former members of the Nation.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', there's a ped in the San Fierro section that fits this trope. He's even wearing a kente cloth dashiki and hat.

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* ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' has Braveshroom, who varies between this and a parody of William Wallace, depending on the situation, fighting for mushroom rights against human and koopa oppressors. He even gives a parody of the same speech parodied in the pagequote (Super Mario landed on ''us''!).
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'s earlier strips occasionally did blaxploitation parodies with this trope in full effect.

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* Dewey from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' is a hypocritical counterpart to Huey Freeman, who takes "down wit' the struggle" much further than even Huey by reading poetry, wearing capris, headwraps and sandals, even going as far as to become a Muslim...and yet he doesn't even know the basic Islamic greeting. Huey himself is both a deconstruction and a reconstruction of the trope: he's an intelligent, opinionated Black kid with radical politics who is not a StrawCharacter, but nobody takes him seriously because he's a kid and tends to ruin their fun.
* Chef during the town flag controversy (fittingly called 'Chef Goes Nanners') in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', right down to becoming Muslim and changing his "slave name" into a long, pseudo-Arabic one which no longer fit on his apron, so that he had to have someone follow him around, bearing a sign with the rest of his new name.
* Sideshow Raheem from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* An early episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had Peter discover that one of his ancestors had been a black slave who was owned by the Pewderschmidts, the family his in-laws belong to. As a result, Peter briefly becomes this trope, dressing in traditional African robes and insisting that everyone call him by his new black name, "Kishwa". However, when his father-in-law Carter offers to pay reparations, Peter just drops the whole thing.
* ''TheLegendsOfChamberlainHeights'' has Malik, the brother of main character Grover. Malik is a huge fan of the original Malcolm X, admonishes his brothers Grover and Montrel (a basketball-obsessed wannabe and a pot smoker respectively) for affirming black stereotypes, constantly spouts anti-white rethoric, and targets his drug-dealing business exclusively to the "white devil" in the hopes of making them self-destruct. The kicker? ''Malik is 8 years old!''

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