African Terrorists are terrorists from sub-Saharan Africa who primarily operate out of their home continent, carrying out guerrilla operations against domestic and foreign governments, and frequently being involved in the drug trade. They will often be Mooks to a wealthier, lighter-skinned criminal organization, typically Western or Slavic. Similar to their Middle Eastern counterparts, they are usually equipped with surplus Warsaw Pact firearms, supplied by the USSR in the Cold War (usually to the Communist revolutionaries in Angola and Mozambique) or bought from other warlords.
For terrorism-related sister tropes, see Western Terrorists, Far East Asian Terrorists and Middle Eastern Terrorists. It also has a Sister Trope to in Amoral Afrikaner, who is almost always white and a member of generally better-equipped Private Military Contractors, but still African in origin (generally, they are white South Africansnote ) and just as nasty.
- Beasts of No Nation revolves around these (pictured above). In an unnamed West African country torn apart by civil war, an orphaned boy named Agu gets picked up by the Native Defense Forces (NDF) rebel militia, who force him to join a unit of child soldiers and assist them in committing all sorts of war crimes, while they fight against government forces and other rebel factions.
- Blood Diamond has the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), a real-life example of a rebel army that fought in the Sierra Leone Civil War. They commit a very wide range of atrocities, including the conscription of child soldiers; Solomon Vandy's son Dia is one of many boys who are forced to join the RUF.
- Black Hawk Down features the Somali National Alliance (SNA), another real-life example, which was a militia involved in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu during the Somali Civil War. They are the antagonists fighting against US-led UN forces over control of the city.
- The Gods Must Be Crazy features Sam Boga and his men, who shoot up the Cabinet of a Bulungi and spend the rest of the film fleeing from the army.
- Steven Obanno, an LRA commander, shows up near the beginning of Casino Royale (2006) in a meeting with Mr. White, in order to negotiate a deal with the criminal international banker Le Chiffre to hold the funds of his organization for safekeeping. Word of God is that Obanno was based on the real-life leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony.
- In Predators, one member of the diverse assortment of homicidal criminals and soldiers who have been kidnapped by the Predators and trapped on their game reserve planet is Mombasa, an RUF death squad officer from Sierra Leone.
- General Amajagh and his men from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. A group of rebels in Nairomi who are secretly being supplied with experimental LexCorp weapons by the US, and, on Lex's orders, are murdered and then burned to frame Superman for the massacre.
- Black Panther (2018) has a Mook Horror Show scene, where Black Panther himself ambushes a traveling convoy of Nigerian terrorists (who are heavily implied to be members of the real-life jihadist group Boko Haram), in order to rescue about a dozen or so captive women they were transporting. He also spares the last militant, who was a conscripted teenage boy, and lets him go free with the female hostages.
- The rebel army who forces Mr. Eko to become a child soldier in Lost.
- These appear in Season 7 of 24. Appropriate to the trope, The Man Behind the Man is white Corrupt Corporate Executive Jonas Hodges.
- Flashforward: Protagonists came to Somalia to investigate mysterious towers and ran into those guys.
- In the JAG episode "Embassy", when Harm & Mac are at a reception at the Sudanese embassy in Washington, it's seemingly taken over by a rebel faction supporting an opposition leader. It actually is an elaborate setup by the asshole ambassador to make him look like a hero and discredit the opposition.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Hell" dealt with an LRA warlord from Uganda known as the "Devil of Gulu" responsible for burning down a church with women and children inside, and also has found refuge in the United States. He was brought down after assaulting and trying to kill his former sex slave to keep his identity secret.
- Far Cry 2 involves two guerrilla armies whose actions make them look startling like this trope. They are ostensible fighting for the people while wearing massive irony blinders. In order to get around the game revolving around shooting black people in the face, large numbers of non-black foreigners and mercenaries are included, almost to the point where finding black enemies is a challenge. These allies are PMCs and not terrorists, considering they're only doing it for money.
- In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which is partially set in Angola during its real-life civil war in the 1980s, there's a minor subplot regarding an unnamed rebel militia that would definitely qualify as "terrorists". This group, which is involved in a tribal conflict, had abducted numerous young boys from their families, forcing them to kill their own parents and fight for them as child soldiers.
- The terrorists in SimTower who occasionally plant a bomb in your building are represented by a Cool Shades wearing, trench coat-clad Scary Black Man who looks like he just came from Nigeria.
- Project Reality introduced the "African Resistance Fighters" faction in v1.0.
- Beyond: Two Souls: Subverted. During her time with the CIA, Jodie goes on a mission into Somalia to assassinate a local warlord to stop the latest insurgency. Only after she completes the mission does she discover that she actually killed the democratically-elected President of the country, and her superiors lied to her.