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"You mess with the 'fro? You got to go."
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Afros are funny.

A particularly large one, no matter how awesome, can be a liability. Especially in physical battle.

So why do countless badasses, many of whom know karate, have them? Because they're funny and awesome. A sub-trope of Funny Afro, an Afro Asskicker originated in America's Blaxploitation era and are usually black Americans and / or connected to the tropes Jive Turkey, Soul Brotha and Sassy Black Woman. One thing you don't want to do to an Afro Asskicker is mess with their hair. They can be rather sensitive about it and it will make them fight even harder. (A case of Truth in Television, mostly resulting from the fact that afros take a long time to style and must be attended to every day; messing with one undoes up to an hour's worth of work).


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  • Mother's Milk in The Boys.
  • Misty Knight and Monica Rambeau from the Marvel Universe. Whereas Monica has updated her hairstyle each decade, Misty's afro is so iconic (she was Marvel's answer to the Blaxploitation craze), she has kept it up to the present day.
  • Gluk Jones from The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future.
  • Blade used to wear a fro back in the 70s in all his vampire killing glory.
  • In Last Man Standing, Abel has one. His pet monkey, Kane, sometimes sports one as well.
  • Black Lightning had one once.
  • Jones from XIII
  • Red Robin: In the Ünternet Tam Fox decides to wear her hair in an afro and the imagination based powers of the place mean she's a far more effective fighter against than normal. Even in the real world she has Kickboxing and Krav Maga training but she prefers to stay an Action Survivor rather than endanger herself needlessly where the consequences are more lasting, and she usually keeps her hair relaxed.

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  • Frank Todd, titular character and one of two main protagonists of The Generalist, has a well-kept afro that he needs to pat down from time to time after the action has settled down.

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  • MC5 frontman Rob Tyner, with his massive, helmet shaped Afro, combined this with Badass in a Nice Suit.
  • The Lady of Rage rocked ruff 'n' stuff with her Afro Puffs
  • Jimi Hendrix had a huge part in popularizing the Afro. He was also a genuine asskicker, having had much shorter hair a few years earlier as a paratrooper.

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  • Afro Thunder in Ready 2 Rumble Boxing and Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2
  • Big Wallop in Atari's Ready 2 Rumble Revolution.
  • Mr. Jones of Power Instinct Matrimelee and Rage Of The Dragons.
  • Tiger Jackson from Tekken
  • Magic Rampage: The Dude.
  • Shinobu Jacobs from No More Heroes
  • John Torque, Houston and the Flying All-Star Trio in Vigilante 8
  • Team Fortress 2: The Demoman can have an afro as his hair.
  • Sazh from Final Fantasy XIII. His afro is so awesome there's a baby chocobo living in it.
  • Pokémon Black and White has Bouffalant, a buffalo Pokémon with Afro hair. It has Head Charge, an Afro-based Signature Move which is very strong and accurate but does recoil damage to it.
    • The Japanese version makes it even more obvious that Head Charge is an afro-based attack: it's actually called "Afro Break!"
    • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl has Flint of the Elite Four, who has a very cool looking red afro.
    • Miror B. from Pokémon Colosseum has a gigantic afro modeled after a Pokéball. He's also a Cipher Admin in the first game while he's a wandering thief in the sequel who captures the Pokémon you fail to snag.
  • Koss in Guild Wars.
  • The Tunnel Man in Spelunky.
  • Andrei Ulmeyda, killer7's Badass Normal, wears an afro. Later becomes his weak point after turning into a Heaven Smile and killing all members of the military in the area with his acidic blood. And he has the chance to One-Hit Kill you.
  • Saturno, one of the more balanced competitors from Capoeira Fighter.
  • Kid Quick and Title Defense Disco Kid in the Punch-Out!! series.
  • Todd, the butler of the Schrodinger Family in Wild Arms 3 has an afro. Unlike most examples of the trope, it is to your advantage to attack his hair; by setting it on fire, it will deal him Damage Over Time.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, a Female Avatar with the Second/Younger Build can be given an afro as one of her potential hairstyles. If the afro's her chosen 'style, the player will have a tiny, fluffy-haired girl laying absolute devastation on the battlefield.
  • Male Octolings in Splatoon2 can have a bulbous octopus head in lieu of tentacle hair to replicate an afro, and it has no effect on their combat performance.

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  • Subverted by Afro Ninja, a popular viral video where the man attempts to show his asskicking skills and fails miserably.
    • Double subverted when you figure out this guy is a total badass, missed the stunt only because of jet lag, and after resting up, got the job.
      • And in the movie based on the viral video, he certainly does kick some ass.

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