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Basic Trope: A black character as a comic relief.
  • Straight: Jamal is a Cloud Cuckoolander and a Large Ham at that.
  • Exaggerated: Jamal is Chaotic Stupid.
  • Downplayed: Jamal is an otherwise serious character, who likes to crack some Crosses the Line Twice jokes from time to time to (try to) ease tense situations.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Shaniqua is the silly one in the group.
  • Subverted:
    • Jamal knows when it's important to be serious and focused.
    • Jamal is Obfuscating Stupidity, for one reason or another.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Jamal has an, also black, sidekick whose job is to stop him whenever he does it.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: "We need a character that will be perceived as "cool" by our mainly-white target audience."
  • Invoked: Jamal does it because he likes to make people laugh.
  • Exploited: The heroes need to put on a comedy, everyone looks to Jamal, who has been serious the whole time. He plays the comic relief very well.
  • Defied: Jamal is asked to do something funny. He glares.
  • Discussed:"Jamal, what's with the shuckin' and jivin'? Seriously?"
  • Conversed:"Wow. A black character acting like a buffoon. How original."
  • Deconstructed: As with all stereotypes, it can create a serious amount of Unfortunate Implications and backlash if done poorly.
  • Reconstructed: ...However, Jamal strikes a good balance between silly and serious, reacts believably to situations and people, and has a fair amount of Hidden Depths; so he's a well-rounded and likable character who most fans genuinelly like.

    A few people might react negatively to him, sure, but that's the innevitable baggage that comes due to people's inherent racism/bitterness, not an intended reaction engineered by the creators themselves, who just want to create a fun and charming character.
  • Played For Drama: Jamal has Hidden Depths, but no one is willing (or able) to look past his silliness and antics.
  • Gender Inverted: Aunt Jemimalarkey: Shaniqua is a Sassy Black Woman used for comic relief.

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