Alternate Continuity: Characters who were killed off in the movie like Bullhorn and Cream Corn are alive and well here.
Always Someone Better: Black Dynamite has this belief about O.J. Simpson, as he always seemed to best our hero in school, whether it be in spelling bees or football.
Animesque: The animation style is particularly influenced by Adult Swim's other black Animesque show, The Boondocks. The second season even has an intro animated by Studio Trigger.
Ass Shove: Leroy Van Nuys kills a pimp named Lucky Charms by shoving a wad of bills up his ass.
Leroy: "You screwed me out of 10 Grand. Now I'm gonna screw you WITH 10 grand" *Violates Lucky Charms with a gigantic wad of bills*
Lucky Charms: "I'm seeing Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons, Green Clovers, Blue Diamonds... and a white light."
A-Team Firing: The Bloodless Carnage issue that popped up when The A-Team originally aired on TV is lampshaded when the A Team themselves show up and asks Mr. T to join them so they can live their lives as mercenaries and giving very minor injuries to bad guys.
Awesome McCoolname: Confirms what the movie implied in the Richard Pryor episode: His first name's Black and his last name's Dynamite.
Officer: Pryor, Richard. Dynamite, Black. You've made bail.
Badass Boast: When Black Dynamite sees the Player's Ball Express is in trouble while he is nauseated with the flu, he tries to muster up one of these, but right near the end...
Black Dynamite: What they need is a man. A man who knows how to save everybody onboard that train, even though they thought they could have a good time without him, and that man's name is Black— (gags) Black— (gags again) Black Dyna--
Bat Deduction: In "Bullhorn Nights", Black Dynamite deduces the identity of a serial killer by looking at the meal on his plate and essentially BSing his way to the solution. He is, of course, correct.
Been There, Shaped History: BD & co. are a lesser example, having at one point or another interacted with figures such as Richard Pryor, Richard Nixon, Mr. T, Elvis Presley, and O.J. Simpson.
Big Damn Heroes: At the end of Bullhorn Nights, right as Bullhorn is about to be killed by the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Pumas, BD and co. (disguised as members of the former) open fire on his assailants, and the four work together to finish off the rest of them.
Honey Bee: You missed little orphan Willis's birthday party! Black Dynamite: Not little orphan Willis's birthday party! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!*Dramatic Pause* How was it? Honey Bee: It was good.
In "The Shit That Killed the King"', Basehead establishes that he can get into any place by virtue of being a basehead, demonstrated by exiting the Oval Office and showing up to the right of Nixon. At the end of the episode, the camera cuts to the outside of Graceland...
In "Apocalypse This!" or 'For The Pity Of Fools' AKA 'Flashbacks Are Forever!", Black Dynamite tells Cream Corn to grow some hair on his nuts, referring to the fact that he's acting like a coward in the middle of a firefight, and he needs to man up. At the end of the episode, CC pulls out a single curly pubic hair and tells him he finally started growing hair on his nuts.
In A Crisis For Christmas; or The Dark Side of the Dark Side of the Moon: When O.J. Simpson gets plowed by a comet while trying to stay clear of BD:
Black Dynamite: HA-HAH!! I THREW THAT ROCK BEFORE I LEFT THE MOON!!
Broken Aesop: Constantly Played for Laughs. It's even inverted in the Christmas episode when the orphan who requested a moon rock stated that he and the other orphans learned their lesson and appreciate what they had. BD responds by taking back the moon rock and going to flush it down the toilet because they didn't show any appreciation for the rock itself and the hard work he went through to get it.
Black Dynamite: "Now who wants to help Black Dynamite spruce up this Douglas Fir?" *Cricket chirps* Black Dynamite: "I'm beginning to think that me and that cricket are the only ones with Christmas spirit. What gives?"
Ejection Seat: EarthaK.I.T.T. has one installed for the passenger seat. CIA Agent and Third-Generation Inventor George Washington Carver the 3rd A.K.A. "G" didn't even know what the button did, and he knew everything about the car. BD innocently pressed it, and out he went.
Enemy Mine: At the end of Bullhorn Nights, the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Pumas (Black Panthers was already copyrighted) forming a temporary ceasefire in order to stop the first black-on-white porn film from being made.
Also, BD's gang and Fiendish Dr. Wu's ninjas team up to take on Michael Jackson and his fellow aliens in the first episode.
Leroy Van Nuys: When I was drowning in a sink full of pimp juice turning blue and not breathing... y'all thought I was dead. Then, when my momma left her pimp and he blasted out my chest with his shotgun... y'all thought I was dead. Then when I needed that kidney transplant and all the pimps was matching donors but nobody gave me one and y'all stuck my ass in a box and put me in the ground... y'all thought I was dead. But guess what? Leroy Van Nuys is alive. The opposite of what y'all about to be... Dead.
Funny Background Event: Black Dynamite hates to be interrupted when jumping rope. He states this when Honey Bee walks in, and again to the Chief, without stopping jumping rope. He had to state this to the Chief in a phone call conversation, picking up the phone and putting it down... without stopping jumping rope.
Gag Penis: Ringo Mandingo has one close to a meter at least. And when it was dismembered in his murder it was how Bullhorn recognized that Cousin Ringo was the victim.
Gasshole: This is a temporary side-effect of eating one of Elvis' peanut-butter-bacon-pancake-batter-and-butter sandwiches.
Government Drug Enforcement: Played with, parodied and hilariously subverted all at once. Richard Nixon approved a program that made inexpensive quality drugs available to The Black Community to try and make it self-destruct. Problem is, the drugs were so inexpensive and high quality that everyone in The Black Community ended up selling them to suburban white drug addicts for enormous profits, enough to even fund a Community Festival.
Jackson Five Across Yo' Eyes depicts Michael Jackson's post-plastic surgery pale face and hair as being his actual Half-Human Hybrid form, and hilariously has Michael framing Joe Jackson for the childhood abuse.
Jackson's distinctive "Shamone" catchphrase is also explained as a constant reminder of the Jackson brother whom he beat to death.
In Taxes and Death when BD and his crew are searching for Richard Pryor they enlist the help of Paul Mooney to track him down, during which they suddenly see a basehead running and screaming while on fire and they give chase to him. After Mooney sedates him with blowgun darts laced with cocaine, vodka tonic and white woman saliva BD stomps out the fire literally... only to find out the basehead wasn't Richard Pryor.
A Crisis For Christmas: O.J. Simpson is brooding at the Whorephanage after having ditched Black Dynamite on the rocket, remembering BD's statement that O.J. would go to the moon for the White Man. Angrily vowing to no longer kow-tow to the White Man, O.J. takes a carving knife and stabs a Christmas turkey prompting a Foreshadowing caution from Bullhorn:
Bullhorn: O.J. you better be careful with that knife, or one day you might write a book about how you allegedly took some white bitch's life!
The Shit That Killed The King: After Elvis Presley collapses dead at Roscoe's, Honey Bee comes up with a plan to move the King's body back to Graceland and make it look like he died of an overdose there in order to prevent The N-Bomb from being dropped on The Black Community.
Ice-Cream Koan: A ninja accompanying Black Dynamite on a trip to Michael Jackson's father gives us this little tidbit.
Head Ninja In Charge: Ninjas do wrong to each other sometimes, and in that way, the force of the earth comes around the moon, and at that presence, the dirt, it overshadows the grass, so you like "I can't cut this grass; there's no sun coming through." So in order to enable each other, the two fruits have to look each other in the eye, understand we can only be ripe as the ripe is wrong. You know what I mean?
Black Dynamite: Man, I never thought I'd see the day when the only person talking any sense was a damn ninja.
According to one youtube commenter, what it really means is: "sometimes we make mistakes, our mistakes can make things harder for our comrades. We must look each other face-to-face and understand that these mistakes are part of growing, and forgive our comrade. In so doing, both parties become more mature."
Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy Lampshaded by the "Frogs of Islam", a whole gang of Kurtis the Puppet's biological children who surrounded Black Dynamite and the others in an enclosed room and opened fire at point black. When the firing stopped, they spelled out "WE MISSED" in bullet holes on the brick wall behind them.
I'm Standing Right Here: BD discusses how Bullhorn, himself, and Cream Corn can "appreciate" everything Honey Bee does at the Whorephanage while still enjoying their Sunday. BD mentions how one plan wouldn't work because Honey Bee wouldn't buy it, right before asking Honey Bee if she would buy it. She just stands there with an unamused look on her face.
BD himself becomes victim when everyone at Roscoe's starts discussing who should represent the Black Race in the Race War.
Insane Troll Logic: How Black Dynamite deduces who murdered Ringo Mandingo in Bullhorn Nights.
It also saves everyone on board the Player's Ball Express when it's close to plummeting off a cliff.
Black Dynamite: "Wait, you brought me back to the Chinese jungles of Vietnam for some fucking barbecue sauce!?"
He refers to the Japanese racers as Chinese as well in The Race War; or Big Black Cannon, Balls Run!
Ironic Echo Cut: Black Dynamite is chatting up a woman who works at a fast-food chicken restaurant. When asked, the woman hesitates to tell Black Dynamite the chicken's secret recipe. Cut to: Black Dynamite's bedroom, where the woman is hilariously reciting the ingredients during sex with Black Dynamite.
Laser-Guided Karma: Overlaps with Brick Joke. After OJ Simpson betrays Black Dynamite and leaves him for dead in space, Black Dynamite lands on the moon and throws a moon rock at the earth while cursing OJ's name. OJ in the meantime, claims all the glory for being a NASA hero. Black Dynamite manages to get back home just in time to see the moon rock crash through the roof of the Whorephanage and knock OJ out. Black Dynamite even mentions it's the very same rock he threw right before he left the moon.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When BD & company fly to Vietnam, an establishing shot shows a helicopter flying over the fields while "Ride of the Valkyrie" plays in the background. As the camera zooms into the helicopter, we hear Bullhorn and the others are singing along with the background music.
Magical Negro: Played with. Richard Nixon thinks that Basehead is one (even referring to the trope by name) and hopes that he'll help foil Black Dynamite's crew after he suddenly shows up in the Oval Office to complain about how the government released too high quality drugs for too cheap a price. Basehead responds that he's just a crackhead though.
Dr. Yakub, for being the only black individual in a parallel white ecosystem he himself created (and thus "The Man" by default).
Man on Fire: In Taxes and Death, a basehead gets caught on fire while doing cocaine; Black Dynamite mistakes said basehead as Richard Pryor.
Pryor ends up on fire for a short moment near the end, though.
Misplaced Wildlife: Black Dynamite and Cream Corn infiltrate the Vietnamese village disguised as a camel. Cream Corn points out that there are no camels in Vietnam. Hilariously, the villagers do not seem to notice this.
The same episode had an anaconda in Vietnam, even though anacondas are all native to South America. This may have been intentional, though.
Mr. Seahorse: Michael Jackson attempts to turn Cream Corn into this via impregnating him with thousands of alien babies.
Mood Whiplash: An example in Taxes and Death; whilst in jail, Richard Pryor pours his heart out to Black Dynamite, saying how being a comedian isn't all it's cracked up to be, and how he has some serious things to say, but nobody will listen to him. Once the monologue's over, though...
Police Officer: Pryor, Richard! Dynamite, Black! You made bail!
(Pryor, seeming to have forgotten his troubles, leaps out of Black Dynamite's arms and begins strutting out of the jail cell)
Richard Pryor: We bad; we bad!
Mushroom Samba: In Panic on the Player's Ball Express Black Dynamite overdoses on flu medicine and starts hallucinating that he's in his own bloodstream and that all the enemies are bits of the flu virus he came down with.
Bullhorn gouges out one of the puppets' eyes just like how Black Dynamite did in the movie.
Black Dynamite mirrors his "I was an orphan" line from the movie, but this time says "I was a children.".
Bullhorn Nights; or Murder She Throats
A boom mic guy lowers a mic too close to Black Dynamite's head like in the movie, though this was an in-universe example, not an example of Special Effects Failure.
Black Dynamite goes through the Insane Troll Logic scene at Roscoe's like he did in the movie.
Panic on the Player's Ball Express; or That's Influenza Sucka!
Crenshaw Pete- He of the Hot-Ass Coat Hangars- is one of the guests at the Player's Ball.
Captain Kangaroo was another guest at the Player's Ball. And he's the first one killed by Leroy Van Nuys in an aversion of Black Dude Dies First.
Leroy Van Nuys reveals himself properly with the same Leitmotif as was used for Fiendish Dr. Wu in the movie.
The Shit That Killed The King; or Weekend at Presley's
Richard Nixon still seems to be Black Dynamite's archnemesis.
Apocalypse, This!; or For the Pity of Fools; a.k.a. Flashbacks Are Forever
While flying to Vietnam, Cream Corn mentions how he hates being in the helicopter because he has this recurring nightmare of a helicopter he's in exploding, and then Black Dynamite yelling "CREAM CORN, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!", exactly how he dies in the movie.
When Black Dynamite is "discreetly" asking around the village if anyone had seen his friend Larry Tureaud, he runs into the "Chinese" boy he met back during the Vietnam War. The boy is about to tell him about Tureaud when he gets killed by a thrown Ka-bar knife.
Honky Kong or White Apes Can't Hump
BD vehemently lashes out at Euphoria for talking back to him, telling her to get a hot cup of SHUT THE FUCK UP. Bullhorn, Cream Corn, and all the hos were stunned silent before BD remembered himself and continued on with the conversation.
The Race War; or Big Black Cannon, Balls Run!
Black Dynamite tells someone to sit down while the grown-ups are talking.
Fiendish Dr. Wu and his crew are driving the Chinese car. Also, they were the ones responsible for the Menthol-X being missing and were going to sell it to B.I.G. Tobacco, like how Fiendish Dr. Wu made the dick-shrinking chemical for the government in the movie.
That Seed of Kurtis AKA Father Is Just Another Word For Motherf***er
During Rev. Dynamites service, one of the pimps says the line "but Rev. Dynamite, we sell hoes to the community," echoing one of the more famous lines from the Movie
Black Dynamite himself is giving a moniker along these lines; being called a "revolutionary pimp vigilante antihero" in one episode.
Not Quite Dead: In Weekend at Presley's Elvis Presley is mistaken for dead after he takes a bite out of an exceptionally unhealthy sandwich. He later wakes up and explains that he's prone to falling into comas for long periods of time.
N-Word Privileges: Parodied with the ninjas in the first episode, who use the word "ninja" as a euphemism for the n-word proper; whereas Black Dynamite and co. are fine using ninja in that context, a white police officer who uses it gets beat up.
Black Dynamite mentions that Elvis being found dead in The Black Community would give Nixon justification to drop "The N-Bomb" on the black community, the one word that cannot be said on TV. It is strongly implied that the United States government actually weaponized the N-Word.
Previously On: Parodied. Several episodes, including the series premiere, start with a Previously On that fills us in on the storyline leading into the current episode, but all of it is made up and has absolutely nothing to do with the actual last episode that aired.
Actually played straight in That Seed of Kurtis AKA Father is Just Another Word for Motherf***er!, referring back to the events that transpired with Kurtis the puppet in the pilot episode.
Pin-Pulling Teeth: BD does this after he gets swallowed whole by a giant anaconda. BD is no worse for wear after the explosion, save for the entrails draped across his body.
IRS agent: (while BD & co. are walking away from him) And do you know what one-hundred-twenty-eight times two is? Two-hundred-and-fifty-six! ALL! UP! IN! YOUR! ASS, BLACK DYNAMITE!
Quarter Hour Short: The initially-unaired pilot is this. Every other episode is a half-hour.
Race Lift: Yakub has a device that extracts the Black out of subjects which he used to whiten the entire population of Patmos as well as kidnapped black celebrities; he also tried to turn Black Dynamite into White Dynamite. Fortunately Honey Bee (with Honky Kong in tow) came to the rescue. During the commotion Yakub ends up getting zapped by the device and turned white himself.
Refuge in Audacity: Quite a lot of things in the series, but special mention goes to the Amazon Moon Bitches, whose home base was shaped like a pregnant woman laying on her back with her legs spread open. The censored hole in between the legs was a Wave Motion Gun designed to destroy the Earth.
Shown Their Work: Surprisingly- given the show, Honky Kong's micro-penis is this since gorillas have very small penises compared to humans.
In That Seed of Kurtis just as BD goes to kill That Bastard Kurtis, Rev. Dynamite notices two tadpoles in his shoes and tells BD that if he kills Kurtis they will end up in the same situation 13 weeks later which is roughly the amount of time it takes a tadpole to become an almost mature frog.
Space Whale Aesop: At the end of Bullhorn Nights, we get two from Cream Corn and Honey Bee; respectively, "Never mix pornos and friendships" and "Don't fuck with a white bitch, or you'll end up dead."
Also inverted in the case of Captain Kangaroo Pimp, who was grabbed by Leroy Van Nuys' Isaacbots and shoved headfirst into the furnace of the Player's Ball Express. Also, Crenshaw Pete.
Speaks Fluent Animal: Black Dynamite finds a monkey cosmonaut onboard an abandoned Soviet station, and understands everything that he says, including how the monkey ended up getting abandoned in space in the exact same method by the Russian government that NASA did to Black Dynamite.
Black Dynamite: Well that's amazing monkey cause you didn't even know I needed any rocks!
Spirit Advisor: When Black Dynamite comes down with the flu, Sun Tzu pops up and starts offering advice to him. He even takes the keys to the helicopter from the police.
Stunned Silence: Cream Corn, Bullhorn, and all the Hos at the Whorephanage were stunned after hearing what BD threatened to do to Euphoria for backtalking to him.
Unexplained Recovery: This is the reason B.D.'s former commanding officer gives when B.D. tells him that his former partner was gutted and hung by his own intestinal tract during the Vietnam War.
Unreliable Narrator: Black Dynamite in Apocalypse, This!. He tells Dennis Flynn that Larry Tureaud had shot himself in the head and then was gutted by the Viet Cong to hang by the intestines during the Vietnam War. But later on while having a flashback BD recalls Tureaud charging the VC before being engulfed in an explosion.
Unusual Euphemism: Black Dynamite talking about the flu vaccinations being a plan for Big Black Genocide gets taken as one by a white girl he was sleeping with.
Black Dynamite: 'Mandatory' and 'Free'. Sounds like a code for the B.B.G.
White Girl: B.B.G? What's that Black Dynamite?
Black Dynamite: Post-coital White Girl, it's a Big Black Genocide thing you wouldn't understand.
White Girl: Oh, I thought you just gave me the Big Black Genocide.
Black Dynamite: You damn right- waitaminute, what?
Verbal Tic: Bullhorn's talking in rhyme obviously.
That Bastard Kurtis also stutters heavily.
Black Dynamite himself shouts "SOOEEEY!" whenever he's laying a beatdown, for some reason.