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* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: Priscilla's pimp/implied lesbian lover attacks Coffy with a chair.


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* MurderSuicide: Coffy makes it look like Sugarman's bodyguard shot him and fatally overdosed.


* AndThisIsFor: After Coffy kills Arturo:
-->That's a present for my little sister, and a nice cop named Carter.



* BlackBraAndPanties: Coffy poses as a HighClassCallGirl to get close to and assasinate a number of drug lords. In one of these scenes, she strips down to this, then pulls out a a gun from her bag.



* BoomHeadshot: Coffy shoots Sugarman in the head. ''With a shotgun''.



* CarMeetsHouse: Coffy drives a car into Arturo's house, running over Aleva in the process.



** The CatFight mentioned above results in most of the women having their tops torn off.

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** The Coffy gets into a CatFight mentioned above results in most with a bunch of call girls, "accidentally" ripping the women having top off each and every one of them and exposing their tops torn off.bare breasts. Her own top is not ripped off, but her breasts pop out on their own a couple of times.



* CorruptPolitician: Coffy's boyfriend Howard Brunswick appears to be a clean-cut councilman. Turns out he's part of a drug gang.



* DirtyHarriet: Coffy uses this tactic to work her way through the ranks of the underworld.

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* DirtyHarriet: Coffy uses this tactic goes undercover as a call girl for King George in order to work her way through infiltrate the ranks of the underworld.criminal underworld, although she's a vigilante, not a police officer.



* FinGore: During the big CatFight scene, one woman grabs Coffy by her hair without realizing that she's tied razorblades into her afro. She is later shown with big bandages on her hands.
* GroinAttack: Some of Coffy's gun blasts were aimed pretty ''low''.

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* FinGore: {{Fingore}}: During the big CatFight scene, one woman grabs Coffy by her hair without realizing that she's tied razorblades into her afro. She is later shown with big bandages on her hands.
* FoodSlap: Coffy starts the CatFight by emptying a sald bowl over Meg's head. She also throws a drink in another girl's face.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Priscilla threatens Coffy with a knife, and Coffy reacts by shattering a wine bottle and threatening her with the jagged edge.
* GroinAttack: Some of Coffy's gun blasts were aimed pretty ''low''.The film ends with a brutal example: Coffy fires a shotgun at point-blank range at Brunswick's groin, and then leaves him to bleed out, with his mistress watching.



* PimpDuds: King George has an amazing wardrobe, most notably the yellow-orange outfit with the prominent moose knuckle.

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* PimpDuds: King George has an amazing wardrobe, most notably in Coffy goes a bit lighter on the yellow-orange outfit with the prominent moose knuckle.bling than some examples, but makes up for it by wearing a half-cape that matches his harvest gold, skin-tight, chest-baring jumpsuit and orange-rimmed sunglasses.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Arturo shows what a vile human being he is by hurling racial slurs at Coffy.



* RedRightHand: Aleva wears sunglasses to hide his disfigured eye.



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* ShowSomeLeg: This is a standard method of seduction for Coffy. Of course, she shows much more than her legs...



* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Coffy uses them to good effect.
* ShowSomeLeg: Coffy does this quite a bit in order to get close to her targets or put them off guard. To be fair, Pam Grier is very easy on the eyes.
* ShutUpHannibal:
-->'''Howard Brunswick''': What I did was for our people, for our brothers and sisters.
-->'''Coffy''': You shouldn't talk to me about sisters, Howard, I've got a sister.
* SpitefulSpit: Arturo spits at Coffy.



* WhatADrag: Poor King George. He didn't even know what he did wrong.

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* WhatADrag: Poor King George. He didn't even know what George meets his untimely demise in this manner. Not only do the hitmen drag him down a dirt road at high speed (and behind his own car, to add insult to injury), but they take special care that he did wrong.hits some big boulders by the road.


* BadAss: Coffy's attitude - and it's not just attitude.


** Coffy seems to be wearing a bra and panties in most of her scenes, but the white dress she wears as Mystique makes it quite clear that she is not wearing anything at all underneath it.

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** Coffy seems to be wearing a bra and panties in most of her scenes, but the The white dress she Coffy wears as Mystique makes it quite clear that she is not wearing anything at all underneath it.


** Almost all the women, including Coffy in many scenes, are obviously braless. It is TheSeventies, after all.
** The white dress Coffy wears as Mystique makes it quite clear that she is not wearing any kind of underwear at all.
** Subverted by Coffy in some scenes where she is shown wearing a bra and panties.

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** Almost all Many of the women, including Coffy in many scenes, women are obviously braless. It is TheSeventies, after all.
all.
** The Coffy seems to be wearing a bra and panties in most of her scenes, but the white dress Coffy she wears as Mystique makes it quite clear that she is not wearing any kind of underwear anything at all.
** Subverted by Coffy in some scenes where she is shown wearing a bra and panties.
all underneath it.


* DrugsAreBad: This movie had a very strong anti-drug message, which was unusual for its time.
** That's usually taken as a conservative message on the part of writer/director Jack Hill, although he has stated that he wasn't trying to to send a message, but simply to do the opposite of what all the other movies were doing. Another noted example is ''The Swinging Cheerleaders'', where a campus radical leader is a rapist who gets his comeuppance from the football team. Most movies of the time would have pitted savior radicals against rapist jocks.

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* DrugsAreBad: This movie had a very strong anti-drug message, which was unusual for its time.
** That's
time. This is usually taken as a conservative message on the part of writer/director Jack Hill, although he has stated that he wasn't trying to to send a message, but simply to do the opposite of what all the other movies were doing. Another noted example is ''The Swinging Cheerleaders'', where a campus radical leader is a rapist who gets his comeuppance from the football team. Most movies of the time would have pitted savior radicals against rapist jocks.doing.


* ActionGirl: Coffy was among the first.
* AfroAsskicker

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* ActionGirl: Coffy was among the first.
first. She doesn't hesitate to get into a fight or to use extreme violence.
* AfroAsskickerAfroAsskicker: Coffy's afro hairdo also serves as a hiding place for various weapons.



* BadAss

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* BadAssBadAss: Coffy's attitude - and it's not just attitude.



* {{Blaxploitation}}: A typical example of the genre, except for having a female protagonist.

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* {{Blaxploitation}}: A typical example of the genre, except for having a female protagonist.protagonist and a strong anti-drug message.



** In an early scene a gangster threatens a waitress who took a picture of some night club patrons. He tears open her blouse, exposing her breast.

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** In an early scene a gangster threatens a waitress who took a picture of some night club patrons. He tears open her blouse, exposing her braless breast.



* MsFanservice: Well, we ''are'' talking about Creator/PamGrier.

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* MsFanservice: Well, we ''are'' talking about Creator/PamGrier. She spends a large part of the movie in {{Stripperiffic}} clothes or various stages of undress.



* PayEvilUntoEvil: This seems to be the guiding principle behind Coffy's spree of vengeance.



* {{Pun}}: When trying to kill Coffy with an overdose of heroin, the bad guys unknowingly put sugar in Coffy.
** Perhaps this is an example of Irony.

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* {{Pun}}: When trying to kill Coffy with an overdose of heroin, the bad guys unknowingly put sugar in Coffy.
** Perhaps this is an example of Irony.
Coffy.



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** Many of the women are obviously braless. It is TheSeventies, after all.
** The white dress Coffy wears as Mystique makes it quite clear that she is not wearing any kind of underwear.

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** Many of Almost all the women women, including Coffy in many scenes, are obviously braless. It is TheSeventies, after all.
** The white dress Coffy wears as Mystique makes it quite clear that she is not wearing any kind of underwear.underwear at all.
** Subverted by Coffy in some scenes where she is shown wearing a bra and panties.


* BlackBraAndPanties: Coffy strips to these during one of her DirtyHarriet scenes.


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* LingerieScene: Coffy strips to her black bra and panties during one of her DirtyHarriet scenes.


Although it wasn't her first movie, ''Coffy'' (1973) was the production that made PamGrier a star of cult cinema. It was among the first notable {{Blaxploitation}} films, and one of the first action movies featuring a strong heroine. Writer-director Jack Hill, the creator of several [[ExploitationFilm exploitation flicks]], found enough success with this movie to spawn a SpiritualSuccessor, ''FoxyBrown'' (1974).

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Although it wasn't her first movie, ''Coffy'' (1973) was the production that made PamGrier Creator/PamGrier a star of cult cinema. It was among the first notable {{Blaxploitation}} films, and one of the first action movies featuring a strong heroine. Writer-director Jack Hill, the creator of several [[ExploitationFilm exploitation flicks]], found enough success with this movie to spawn a SpiritualSuccessor, ''FoxyBrown'' ''Film/FoxyBrown'' (1974).



* AntiHero: However, Coffy's later reactions about her antiheroic actions are played out more realistically. In the beginning of the film she kills a drug dealer and a user, and later she is unable to do her job as a nurse because the sight of a patient's wounds reminds her too much of the bloodshed earlier. She even questions her friend Carter about vigilante justice, and Coffy's tone of voice and questions implied that she was fishing for Carter to give her a reason she could believe in to stop her crusade. But Carter being hospitalized finally pushed her plans forward.

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* AntiHero: However, Coffy's brand of vigilante justice is one of gory and indiscriminate revenge. However, her later reactions about her antiheroic actions are played out more realistically. In the beginning of the film she kills a drug dealer and a user, and later she is unable to do her job as a nurse because the sight of a patient's wounds reminds her too much of the bloodshed earlier. She even questions her friend Carter about vigilante justice, and Coffy's tone of voice and questions implied that she was fishing for Carter to give her a reason she could believe in to stop her crusade. But Carter being hospitalized finally pushed her plans forward.



* CoolCar: The crime bosses and pimps ride in big, flashy cars.

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* CoolCar: King George's limo. The other crime bosses and pimps also ride in big, flashy cars.cars.



* FinGore: During the big CatFight scene, one woman grabs Coffy by her hair without realizing that she's tied razorblades into her afro. She is later shown with big bandages on her hands.



* MsFanservice: Well, we ''are'' talking about PamGrier.

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* MsFanservice: Well, we ''are'' talking about PamGrier.Creator/PamGrier.


* AntiHero: It should be noted, though, that Coffy is notably troubled by her actions after she commits them, specifically after she kills two dealers in the beginning of the movie.

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* AntiHero: It should be noted, though, that Coffy is notably troubled by However, Coffy's later reactions about her antiheroic actions after she commits them, specifically after she kills two dealers in are played out more realistically. In the beginning of the movie.film she kills a drug dealer and a user, and later she is unable to do her job as a nurse because the sight of a patient's wounds reminds her too much of the bloodshed earlier. She even questions her friend Carter about vigilante justice, and Coffy's tone of voice and questions implied that she was fishing for Carter to give her a reason she could believe in to stop her crusade. But Carter being hospitalized finally pushed her plans forward.


* CynicismCatalyst: When her little sister is brain damaged from her drug use and hospitalized, Coffy takes a very cynical view of the system and starts thinking that the only solution is to kill off all the drug dealers. When her cop boyfriend is brutally beaten -- and brain damaged, he too -- for refusing to take bribes, she's driven to action.

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* CynicismCatalyst: When her little sister is brain damaged from her drug use and hospitalized, Coffy takes a very cynical view of the system and starts thinking that the only solution is to kill off all the drug dealers. When her cop boyfriend friend is brutally beaten -- and and, like her sister, brain damaged, he too damaged -- for refusing to take bribes, she's driven to action.


-->'''Coffy:''' Ooo, my love! Are you sure you're not just [[BlackIsBiggerInBed a little black]]?

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-->'''Coffy:''' -->'''Coffy (to Vitroni):''' Ooo, my love! Are you sure you're not just [[BlackIsBiggerInBed a little black]]?



* BlackBraAndPanties: Worn by Coffy during one of her seduction scenes.

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* BlackBraAndPanties: Worn by Coffy strips to these during one of her seduction DirtyHarriet scenes.



* ClingyJealousGirl: Meg, one of King George's primary prostitutes, is intensely jealous of "Mystique" when introduced. She [[AccidentalMisnaming refers to her as "Miss Stick"]] and bumps a tray of drinks on her white dress.

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* ClingyJealousGirl: Meg, one of King George's primary prostitutes, is intensely jealous of "Mystique" when introduced. She [[AccidentalMisnaming refers to mishears her name as "Miss Stick"]] Stick" and bumps then [[MaliciousMisnaming keeps calling her that despite being corrected]]. She then sets off a big CatFight by dumping a tray of drinks on her Coffy's white dress.



* TheMole: [[spoiler: Howard Brunswick: Politician, Coffy's lover, and total bastard.]]

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* TheMole: [[spoiler: Howard Brunswick: Politician, CorruptPolitician, Coffy's lover, and total bastard.]]


* FashionDissonance: King George's outfit in his first scenes may have been cool on a pimp in TheSeventies. Today it would raise a few eyebrows.

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* FashionDissonance: King George's outfit PimpDuds in his first scenes may have been cool on a pimp in TheSeventies. Today it the outfilt -- a skin-tight, chest-baring, orange jumpsuit with a matching cape -- would raise a few eyebrows.


* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Coffy herself makes several comments about the size of her lovers and almost-lovers throughout the film.

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* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Coffy herself makes several comments about the size of her lovers and almost-lovers soon-to-be victims throughout the film.



* CharacterTitle

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* CharacterTitleCharacterTitle: The film is named after its protagonist.



** In an early scene a gangster threatens a waitress who took a picture of some night club patrons. He tears open her blouse, exposing a breast.

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** In an early scene a gangster threatens a waitress who took a picture of some night club patrons. He tears open her blouse, exposing a her breast.



* NippleAndDimed: The movie does not shy away from showing female nipples. Or female breasts. Or topless women.

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* NippleAndDimed: Averted. The movie does not shy away from showing female nipples. Or female breasts. Or topless women.


* HammerspaceHair: Coffy hides blades in her afro before starting the aformentioned CatFight.
** She also hides a sharpened shiv during her captivity in a sauna, used later to escape rape and death.

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* HammerspaceHair: HammerspaceHair:
**
Coffy hides blades in her afro before starting the aformentioned CatFight.
** She also hides a sharpened shiv (improvised from one of her hair pins) during her captivity in a sauna, used later to escape rape and death.



** The white dress Coffy wears as Mystique makes it quite clear that she is not wearing underwear.

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** The white dress Coffy wears as Mystique makes it quite clear that she is not wearing any kind of underwear.

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