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The pivotal point of this genre is that the main character's most significant attribute is the color of his (or [[SassyBlackWoman her]]) skin, as well as [[ValuesDissonance stereotypical attributes associated with it at the time]], such as [[ScaryBlackMan intimidating appearance]], being "naturally predisposed" towards independence, [[CowboyCop lack of respect for authority]], [[AngryBlackMan utter disregard of manners and formalism, preference for violent solutions over diplomacy]] and unquestionable badassery.

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The pivotal point of this genre is that the main character's most significant attribute is the color of his (or [[SassyBlackWoman her]]) skin, as well as [[ValuesDissonance stereotypical attributes associated with it at the time]], such as [[ScaryBlackMan intimidating appearance]], being "naturally predisposed" towards independence, [[CowboyCop lack of respect for authority]], [[AngryBlackMan [[PoliteVillainsRudeHeroes utter disregard of manners and formalism, formalism]], [[AngryBlackMan preference for violent solutions over diplomacy]] and unquestionable badassery.


The TropeMaker[=/=]UrExample of this genre is either ''Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong'' (1971) or ''Film/TheBlackKlansman'' (1966). Note that unless indicated, if a movie is mentioned below, it's referring to the original 1970s/1980s version, and not to any subsequent remake under the same name. The Blaxploitation genre fell out of favor roughly around 1976, mainly due to the aforementioned [[UnfortunateImplications concerns from African American civil rights groups]].

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The TropeMaker[=/=]UrExample of this genre is either ''Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong'' (1971) or ''Film/TheBlackKlansman'' (1966). Note that unless indicated, if a movie is mentioned below, it's referring to the original 1970s/1980s version, and not to any subsequent remake under the same name. The Blaxploitation genre fell out of favor roughly around 1976, mainly due to the aforementioned [[UnfortunateImplications concerns from African American American]] [[ValuesDissonance civil rights groups]].


* ''Film/{{Shaft}}'': A black private detective in New York City has to find the kidnappers of the daughter of a negro crime boss. Spawned two little-remembered sequels and a TV series shortly thereafter, and a similarly forgettable [[Film/{{Shaft 2000}} 2000 sequel]] starring Creator/SamuelLJackson as the original Shaft's nephew. Mostly known nowadays for its [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic theme song]].

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* ''Film/{{Shaft}}'': A black private detective in New York City has to find the kidnappers of the daughter of a negro crime boss. boss; based off the novels by Ernest Tidyman. Spawned two little-remembered sequels and a TV series shortly thereafter, and a similarly forgettable [[Film/{{Shaft 2000}} 2000 sequel]] starring Creator/SamuelLJackson as the original John Shaft's nephew. Mostly nephew, and a very poorly-received [[Film/Shaft2019 attempt at a reboot]] with all three generations of Shaft. One of the genre's biggest critical and commercial successes, though mostly known nowadays for its [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic theme song]].


See also BlaxploitationParody. HoodFilm is a similar genre that emerged in the late 1980s.

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See also BlaxploitationParody. HoodFilm is a similar genre that emerged in the late 1980s.
1980s as a more socially conscious reaction to the previous genre.


The TropeMaker[=/=]UrExample of this genre is either ''Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong'' (1971) or ''Film/TheBlackKlansman'' (1966). Note that unless indicated, if a movie is mentioned below, it's referring to the original 1970s/1980s version, and not to any subsequent remake under the same name. The Blaxploitation genre hasn't been as common since the 1980s, mainly due to [[UnfortunateImplications concerns from African American civil rights groups]].

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The TropeMaker[=/=]UrExample of this genre is either ''Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong'' (1971) or ''Film/TheBlackKlansman'' (1966). Note that unless indicated, if a movie is mentioned below, it's referring to the original 1970s/1980s version, and not to any subsequent remake under the same name. The Blaxploitation genre hasn't been as common since the 1980s, fell out of favor roughly around 1976, mainly due to the aforementioned [[UnfortunateImplications concerns from African American civil rights groups]].


The term ''Blaxploitation'' refers to a film genre, quite popular in the 1970s and early 1980s, in which the hero or heroes are black, and they have to fight some sort of battle, engage some enemy or otherwise solve some problem in ways involving violence, intimidation, or extreme action skills.

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The term ''Blaxploitation'' refers to a film genre, quite popular in the 1970s and early 1980s, in which the hero or heroes are black, and they have to fight some sort of battle, engage some enemy or otherwise solve some problem in ways involving violence, intimidation, or extreme action skills.
skills. It was [[https://harvardmagazine.com/2003/01/the-blaxploitation-era coined]] by the NAACP when it was denouncing it for what it considered a negative image for African-Americans.


* ''Film/TheHebrewHammer'' [[AffectionateParody lovingly borrows]] many of the tropes seen in these films and throws them in a pot with [[ANiceJewishIndex literally every Jewish stereotype ever]] to serve up the first ever "Jewsploitation" film. In it, our titular hero, a "Certified circumcised [[DoubleEntendre dick]]," is out to stop Santa Claus's evil, antisemitic son from destroying Hanukkah. Accompanying him is his BlackBestFriend, Muhammed Ali Paula Abdul Raheem, of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front who more or less acts as an excuse to play blaxploitation tropes comically straight.

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* ''Film/TheHebrewHammer'' [[AffectionateParody lovingly borrows]] many of the tropes seen in these films and throws them in a pot with [[ANiceJewishIndex literally every Jewish stereotype ever]] to serve up the first ever "Jewsploitation" film. In it, our titular hero, a "Certified circumcised [[DoubleEntendre dick]]," is out to stop Santa Claus's evil, antisemitic son from destroying Hanukkah. Accompanying him is his BlackBestFriend, TokenBlackFriend, Muhammed Ali Paula Abdul Raheem, of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front who more or less acts as an excuse to play blaxploitation tropes comically straight.


* ''Fanfic/TheRodSquad'' is a rare case of a FanFic that [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this--especially since it's a ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' fanfic featuring mostly animals as characters. But then again, it's an AlternateUniverseFic that's set in TheSeventies and in which Dale and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Foxglove]] (or rather [[Film/FoxyBrown Foxy Glove]]) wear {{Funny Afro}}s.

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* ''Fanfic/TheRodSquad'' is a rare case of a FanFic that [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this--especially since it's a ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' fanfic featuring mostly animals as characters. But then again, it's an AlternateUniverseFic that's set in TheSeventies and in which Dale and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Foxglove]] (or rather [[Film/FoxyBrown Foxy Glove]]) wear {{Funny Afro}}s.


** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "Next, on Exploitation Theatre... ''Film/{{Blacula}}'', followed by ''[[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Blackenstein]]'', and ''[[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Blunchblack of Blotre Blame]]''!" - "Ooh, funky!"

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** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "Next, on Exploitation Theatre... ''Film/{{Blacula}}'', followed by ''[[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Blackenstein]]'', and ''[[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame ''[[Franchise/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Blunchblack of Blotre Blame]]''!" - "Ooh, funky!"


** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "Next, on Exploitation Theatre... ''Film/{{Blacula}}'', followed by ''[[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Blackenstein]]'', and ''[[Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Blunchblack of Blotre Blame]]''!" - "Ooh, funky!"

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** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "Next, on Exploitation Theatre... ''Film/{{Blacula}}'', followed by ''[[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Blackenstein]]'', and ''[[Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame ''[[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Blunchblack of Blotre Blame]]''!" - "Ooh, funky!"

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* ''Film/BlackSamson'': A not-so-AngryBlackMan who runs a local club has to deal with multiple attempts by a white mobster to muscle in on his territory -- and soil it with drugs.


* ''Film/BossNigger'': A violent western starring Fred Williamson and an [[EarWorm incredibly catchy theme song]]. He made two others, but this takes the cake.

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* ''Film/BossNigger'': A violent western starring Fred Williamson and an [[EarWorm incredibly catchy theme song]].song. He made two others, but this takes the cake.


See also BlaxploitationParody.

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See also BlaxploitationParody.
BlaxploitationParody. HoodFilm is a similar genre that emerged in the late 1980s.


* ''Film/{{Shaft}}'': A black private detective in New York City has to find the kidnappers of the daughter of a negro crime boss. Spawned two little-remembered sequels and a TV series shortly thereafter, and a similarly forgettable [[Film/{{Shaft 2000}} 2000 sequel]] starring Creator/SamuelLJackson as the original Shaft's nephew. Mostly known nowadays for its [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic theme song]].



* ''Film/{{Shaft}}'': A black private detective in New York City has to find the kidnappers of the daughter of a negro crime boss. Spawned two little-remembered sequels and a TV series shortly thereafter, and a similarly forgettable [[Film/{{Shaft 2000}} 2000 sequel]] starring Creator/SamuelLJackson as the original Shaft's nephew. Mostly known nowadays for its [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic theme song]].

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