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"Angry Black Man" Stereotype

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This trope refers to a stereotype that portrays black people in general, and black men in particular, as perpetually (and often irrationally) angry at others due to perceived racial discrimination. Popularized in the 1970s, this stereotype is chock full of Unfortunate Implications. Chief among them is the belief that since the end of the Civil Rights Movement, there is no longer any real racial injustice worth complaining about, and the only reason black people might say otherwise is because they're simply angry at the world. Therefore, modern black communities saying they face systemic inequality or oppression can be partially or completely ignored, because they're just looking for reasons to get mad.

Most commonly, the Angry Black Man is portrayed as complaining that Everything Is Racist. Every negative consequence (even if warranted) he faces is an unjust punishment from The Man. Anyone who disagrees with or opposes him is a racist bigot trying to oppress him. Any real or imagined slight against him is an unbearable grievance against him and his people. Needless to say, all his complaints are shown to be baseless, and he's only Playing the Victim Card as an excuse to be angry and belligerent toward everyone. Worse yet, it may be implied that he's an Asshole Victim who deserves everything bad that happens to him irrespective of his race. Downplayed versions of this trope may acknowledge that the injustice the Angry Black Man complains about does indeed exist, but still portrays his anger as fundamentally misguided, unhelpful, and counterproductive to the justice he seeks. It usually contains a (broken) Aesop about how Fighting Back Is Wrong or Revenge Is Not Justice.

Something that has increasingly become a Discredited Trope over the last several decades. In modern works, you're much more likely to see this Discussed or Played With rather than intentionally played straight. Still, straight portrayals of the trope do still show up occasionally.

Note that a character merely being black and having a Hair-Trigger Temper is not enough to qualify as this trope. The character's anger must be rooted in their criticisms of systemic inequality against them, and their criticisms must be dismissed by characters In-Universe or shown to the audience to be obviously baseless.

Compare Malcolm Xerox and Blaming "The Man", both of which often go hand-in-hand with this trope. Also compare Soapbox Sadie, which could be considered a Distaff Counterpart to this trope. Compare and contrast Angry White Man and Conspiracy Theorist. Not to be confused with Scary Black Man, which is more about physical appearance and behavior than ideology and motivations, though the two often overlap.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Joe from Megalo Box. While whether or not he is black isn't especially clear, he's at least coded black—he sports a large, almost afro-like hairstyle, has darker skin than most of the characters, and is from a crime-infested ghetto fond of rap. He also hates authority and the Shirato corporation, especially Yukiko when he thinks she's taking pity on him. He grows out of it eventually, with his disdain for the Shirato corporation and Yukiko being dropped after a few episodes.

    Comic Books 
  • Green Lantern: John Stewart was originally this kind of character, which meant he had to prove himself to Green Lantern Hal Jordan that he was a worthy recruit to the Corps. While John eventually mellowed for the most part, Bruce Timm and Paul Dini decided the early take on John would make for the most dramatically interesting Green Lantern for the DC Animated Universe version of Justice League.
  • Hardware (1993), very much so. "Angry Black Man" is actually the title of his first story. Justified by the fact that he is constantly being directly and intentionally oppressed by a physical incarnation of the Man, his arch-nemesis and surrogate father Edwin Alva. The conflict is never explicitly made racial, however. It's worth noting that Hardware's creator, Dwayne McDuffie, was a black liberal who knew what he was talking about, not a white liberal trying and failing to be "socially conscious". If anything, the character is a deliberate exploration of the trope, not a straight example.
  • Tyroc from Legion of Super-Heroes, even though it takes place in the year 3000. Notably, the writers and artists were all painfully aware of how this trope was being played in a setting where racism should've been eliminated, but were forced to portray Tyroc as such due to the Executive Meddling. When Paul Levitz brought Tyroc back in the late 2000s, he received some Character Development beyond his initial portrayal.
  • An early Teen Titans issue featured a teenage hero called Jericho in a racial-issues themed issue. The executives didn't want controversy, so they prevented the story from being published, but many of Jericho's characteristics were later reused in Cyborg, and his name was recycled as Deathstroke's son.
  • Discussed in Static when Static faces off against the Malcolm Xerox Commando X. While caught doing research on him at school he plays it off as though he's writing a report on him, which gets his parents called. Virgil claims that black people can't be racist because they don't have the power to oppress anybody, but his Reasonable Authority Figure father states that anybody is capable of using violence to oppress others and that people like Commando X are just A Nazi by Any Other Name.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • The Avengers: In the 1990s, Marvel introduced Rage, a superhero from the slums whose first appearance included him getting up in Captain America's face about why the Avengers (at the time) had no African-American members, as seen above. The relative immaturity of his arguments and social views was given a surprising explanation: at the time, Rage was actually only 13 years old; after being exposed to toxic waste, he developed a super-powered body that looked like it belonged to a grown man. Once they learned the truth, the Avengers booted him from their ranks citing that he was far too young to be an Avenger; he instead went on to join the New Warriors, Marvel's primary "teen supers team". After being in Comic-Book Limbo for quite a while, Rage returned in Captain America: Sam Wilson, now in his late teens and accordingly more reasonable and mature than before, if no less passionate about fighting against injustice and being a hero.
  • Subverted with Jackie McGee in Immortal Hulk. She points out that she lives in a society that tells her she can't get angry, no matter how much crap is thrown her way. She calls out the Hulk on how he, a genius white man who turns into a walking superweapon, can be given government pardons and statues no matter how much destruction is left in his wake, while she can't so much as become angry at whatever injustice befalls her. In fact, she has dedicated her life to finding Bruce just so she can discover how she could become like him, with her anger recognized and accepted rather than dismissed and looked down upon.
  • Luke Cage, a.k.a. Power Man, the superpowered version, zigzags this trope. He started it off playing this trope straight, if downplayed (his major enemy was, in fact, fellow Afro-American "Diamondback", a former buddy of his turned crime-lord). While he grew out of this behavior as he gained experience and matured, there are times when he slips back into it, and it's Depending on the Writer whether or not he still holds these views.
  • Nighthawk in Supreme Power takes this trope and doubles down on the borderline racist elements to the point of being a blatant black supremacist who will literally ignore black gangbangers mugging, raping, and murdering white civilians to instead rant about how much evil whites do unto blacks. Ironically, the superhero who dislikes Nighthawk the most is the African-American speedster Blur, who opines that Nighthawk is full of garbage and has actually assaulted him several times, noting that despite living all his life in the Deep South, he's received more racism from Nighthawk than any of the white people he grew up with.
  • Charcoal from Thunderbolts did not start out like this but evolved in this direction. Kurt Busiek gave him a Child Soldier and Super-Soldier background, but otherwise Charlie Burlingame was still a kid who attempted to acquire a semblance of a normal life and make some friends at school. Fabian Nicieza first had Charlie witness the assassination of his best friend, then revealed that under the calm facade Charcoal harbored a lot of anger and resentment at the world. Under Nicieza, Charcoal became angrier, progressively anti-social, and started seeing "racists" everywhere around him. Not only did he have trouble associating himself with his non-superpowered friends, he also started demonstrating a sadistic streak, such as enjoying the smell of his opponents' burning flesh.
  • Ultimate Galactus Trilogy: Captain America wants to detain Misty Knight for the incident with the Silver Wing. She replies: "Kiss my black butt, Captain Whitey."
  • Patriot from Young Avengers is not like this, but is assumed to be by his classmates in his solo one-shot, when he tries to give a report about how the first African-American superhero (his grandfather) was treated. (The point of the story is that you don't have to say My Country, Right or Wrong to be a patriot.)
    Kid: You're the racist! You think everything's about race!

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    Films — Animation 
  • Mr. Grits from Sausage Party loathes crackers up to the point where he forces the crackers to have sex with him during the food orgy.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Parodied in Chasing Amy. Hooper pretends to be one of these in order to sell a comic book about a black power superhero, but he's actually a Flamboyant Gay. He's a sympathetic character, however, who laments having to sell out.
  • Clerks II has a scene with a black couple, played by comedians Wanda Sykes and Earthquake, where the wife goes berserk when Randal says "porch monkey" in front of her. The husband, on the other hand, doesn't really give a crap and just wants the food they were ordering.
  • Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood parodies this character complete with African robes and long-winded speeches to the others about how their behavior is just playing into "the man's" oppression of them. He excuses his own hypocrisy in exclusively dating white women by saying he's "sticking it to the white man, by sticking it to the white woman."
  • There are a few in Do the Right Thing (particularly Buggin Out), but the trope is somewhat inverted when one black man tells another who is spouting ABM language that he "doesn't want to hear that horseshit." In the commentary track for the DVD release, Spike Lee specifically notes, when Buggin Out begins ranting about the pictures in the Pizzeria, that he disagrees with the character, saying that it's Sal's place, so it's his right to put whatever pictures he likes on the walls.
  • Falling Down has an angry black man shouting on a street corner about how he was rejected for a small loan because he was "not economically viable." His anger has a deep impact on the main character.
  • The Harold & Kumar trilogy:
    • Subverted in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Harold's cellmate Jackson is a black guy reading a book on civil disobedience who calmly reveals he was arrested because he was black. He then says that he's overweight, black, and has two gay dads, so he's pretty much immune to whatever crap people throw his way. When the police return and get him up against the wall of the cell, he calmly accepts it.
    • Subverted again in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, as with just about every other race trope. The duo's car breaks down in a black neighborhood when Harold breaks a fire hydrant and the water gushing out kills their music box, then a bunch of big guys grab some metal equipment and start converging on their car, scaring the duo into running away. When they're gone, the viewer is told they were going to fix the car.
    • Parodied in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas where there are two black brothers Latrell and Lamar who are selling Christmas trees. They take turns playing the "angry black guy" and the other must act very nice and good-mannered.
      Harold: [walks up to the brothers for his tree] Hey, you guys in charge?
      Latrell: Yeah, what the fuck is it to you, MOTHERFUCKER?!
      Harold: Listen, we're just here to pick up a tree that we reserved.
      Latrell: Oh yeah? We just sold yo little punk ass tree, BITCH!! [spits the grill right out of his mouth]
      Harold: [shocked] What? You sold it to who?
      Latrell: Those white boys over there! [points at Kumar and Adrian driving away with Harold's tree]
  • In the Heat of the Night has Det. Virgil Tibbs who finds investigating a murder in a Deep South small town is seriously trying his patience to say the least, and eventually admitted that his albeit justified irritation had put him on the wrong track for a bit in his investigation.
  • Marcus in The Learning Tree has plenty of reasons to be angry. His mother is gone, his father is a shiftless drunk, they live in a broken-down shack, and Marcus is a black man dealing with the endemic racism of 1920s Kansas.
  • Frank in Ocean's Eleven acts like this as a part of the heist:
    Frank: You heard me. Just 'cause a black man tries to earn a decent wage in this state...
    Linus: That has nothing to do with...
    Frank: ... some cracker cowboy like you's gotta kick him out on the street. Want me to jump down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton, won't let me deal cards, might as well call it whitejack.
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: Sweet Sweetback (a '70s name if ever there was one) is a black man raging against the system. The film was required viewing of the Black Panthers and kicked off Blaxploitation as a genre.
  • Transformers Film Series: Ironhide, the hot-tempered Autobot weapons specialist who shifts into a GMC Topkick and Barricade, the Decepticon who shifts into a police car, both invoke this character archetype despite being giant alien robots.
  • Parodied in Undercover Brother with Conspiracy Brother—a very angry, very ill-informed radical.
  • Watermelon Man has Karmic Transformation victim Godfrey Cambridge wake up black and transition to this sort of character as he realizes just how rigged the system is. At the close of the film, he's actively training in martial arts with other black people so as to be able to defend himself.
  • Subverted in White Man's Burden. Set in an alternate America where blacks are on the higher end of the social ladder, John Travolta's character is an angry white man. Other than his skin color though, the archetype plays out exactly the same way.

  • Invoked in The Destroyer novels. Master Chiun, the Wise Old Mentor, is an incredible racist (having been raised in the 19th century) of the Korean stripe, so he sees all races as specific insulting tropes. Blacks, in his viewpoint, are "always angry." (Which is better than his opinions of Japanese, or Russians, or Americans, or Chinese, or... damn well everyone who had the bad taste to not be Korean, really). Book #30, Mugger Blood, was set in the New York ghettos, and has more straightforward portrayals alongside the more villainous gang members.
  • In the Firestar Series, Azim Thomas and gang-banging company. A first-rate education helmed by an African teacher helps his case, though his best friend Zipper does his level best to snap him out of the Race Traitor route he's taking. "Do his level best" here means "make Azim part of a robbery/murder against his will". The kid's a sociopath.
  • The Mental State has a prison inmate called 'Little Mickey' Crane. He knows every racial slur against Caucasians that there is and can barely open his mouth without blurting one out. To make matters worse, he actively encourages the other black inmates to think the same way and plans to make life miserable for the white inmates once he gets elected Prisoner Representative.
  • Crooks from Of Mice and Men is a black stable hand who due to racial segregation must live in a separate bunk because the whites dislike him. Crooks tries to come off as being this trope, but when Curley offers to befriend him, Crooks is overjoyed to finally have some company but pretends to be angry about it.
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison has Guitar, a member of the group "Seven Days" dedicated to killing white people in revenge for black deaths. He is not depicted as very intelligent.
  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1969) is about a guy who, hired by the CIA as their token black agent, boils over at the discrimination he sees and uses his CIA skills to start an all-out race war.
  • The Stormlight Archive: While discrimination in the Alethi culture is generally along the lines of eye color rather than skin shade, Kaladin fits the spirit of this trope in a number of ways. He's a member of a discriminated group, harboring massive justified hatred towards all members of the oppressing group, and makes more trouble for himself by making this hatred clear to anyone and everyone he meets.
    Dalinar: You've got a massive chip on your shoulder, son. Not that it's not understandable.
  • The Turner Diaries explores this trope from, to put it as tactfully as possible, the perspective of the sort of people real-life examples of Angry Black Men are angry with.
  • Victoria: Roving gangs of angry Black and Hispanic men (called "orcs" by the heroes} roam the countryside, at least one city is destroyed by angry Black rioters, and another is nuked by the heroes following a similar uprising. Compare and contrast with the "Council of Responsible Negroes", who are aligned with the ostensible good guys.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock is often too stupid and distracted to care about race, but he will occasionally cross into this, and sometimes come out with oddly profound and knowledgeable (albeit bombastic) statements about race relations and the history of racism in America. For instance, on a walking tour of Boston, he calls out an actor playing John Hancock on the hypocrisy of many Founding Fathers being slave-owners.
    "John Hancock:" In 1776, I, John Hancock, with one stroke of my pen, set all Americans free.
    Tracy: You LYING WHITE DEVIL! The only people you set free were rich white dudes like yourself!
  • Angel:
    • Invoked by Gunn when he helps Angel break into Wolfram and Hart:
      Gunn: Whoo-whoo! My god! They told me it was true, but I didn't believe them. Damn, here it is! Evil white folks really do have a Mecca. [holds up a hand to the security guards stepping out from behind their desk] [...] OW! Did you just step on my foot? [the nearest guard is still at least 8 feet away from him] Is that my foot you just stepped on? Are you assaulting me—up in this haven of justice? Somebody get me a lawyer—because my civil rights have seriously been violated. —Oh, I get it, I get it. You all can cater to the demon, cater to the dead man, but what about the black man?
    • Gets turned up to eleven in "Spin the Bottle". Teenage Gunn was REALLY militant.
  • UK comedy show Balls of Steel has the character of Militant Black Guy, who accuses everyone of being racist and seeing slurs in words that aren't slurs.
  • One Blue Heelers episode focused on a female version, justified as she is introduced being harassed by a sexist racist and Tom took her from her family as part of the Australian government Indigenous relocation program, the Stolen Generation, some twenty-five years before.
  • Parodied with Conan O'Brien graphic artist Pierre Bernard and his "Recliner of Rage" bits, where he rants in an emotionless sounding monotone about something trivial that's bothering him, such as collecting old Robotech releases on VHS.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm: Wanda Sykes As Herself plays a female version. She constantly interprets everything that Larry does as racist and yells at him about it.
  • On The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, this trope is examined by Roy Wood, Jr. in regards to black journalists. He shows clips of them making a lot of effort to not burst out in anger towards other journalists and pundits, lest the media label them as Angry Black People.
  • Female example in Gentefied. In "Protest Tacos", Yessika claims that most of the Morales' treatment of her protest at Mama Fina's earlier that day make it somewhat clear that they see her as an angry black girl.
  • On In Living Color!, you had Herman Simpson, or Homey D. Clown, who was put in prison for a couple of years via a Noodle Incident and had to work as a clown as a part of his release program. Every appearance he had had him going off on at least one tangent (usually in a song) about The Man.
  • Key & Peele parodied how US President Barack Obama sought to avert this trope by giving him an "anger translator" named Luther, who turned the famously polite and diplomatic Obama's public statements and let everybody know how he was really feeling about the political issues of the day.
    Obama: First off, concerning the recent developments in the Middle Eastern region, I just want to reiterate our unflinching support for all people and their right to a democratic process.
    Luther: Hey, all y'all dictators out there, keep messing around and see what happens. Just see what happens! Watch!
  • Mildly deconstructed in Law & Order season 17 episode "Bling"; the primary suspect, Andre Blair is a classic Angry Black Man stereotype, hurling borderline racist invective at the Caucasian investigators and shrugging off criticisms of his lifestyle (profiteering off of stereotypical "thug life" rap and hip-hop artists) as just anti-Afro-American racism. Even the African-American rappers who work with him privately loathe him, confessing to the investigators "off the record" that Blaire is a physically abusive bully who uses his financial and social connections to extort them into hushing up about his assaults on them (the man revealing this was once pushed out of a window by Blaire, and had to get a titanium rod implanted in his arm due to how badly shattered it was). During his trial, he makes little real effort to defend himself, instead simply asserting that he's only being blamed because he's African-American and the other possible suspect is a Caucasian Jew. Whilst it turns out that the other suspect was responsible, and the investigators feebly assert that Blaire "had a reason to be angry", the truth is that Blaire did not help his case at all with his behavior or attitudes; if the investigators had been less scrupulous and dedicated to the truth, his antics would have gotten him sent to jail for a murder he didn't commit— not because of anti-Afro-American bias, but because he made himself seem so obviously guilty.
  • Oz:
    • Kareem Said, leader of the Muslim prisoners, is a more updated version of this trope. His is an angry black man, but his anger is more a controlled burn than an explosive rage. Plus, he also accepts Beecher (who is white) as a friend, or at least an ally.
    • Clayton Hughes becomes this after descending into radicalism, repeatedly accusing Glynn of being a Category Traitor for working for the white Governor Devlin.
  • Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin: Tyler mockingly jokes that Tabby is being a female example of this when she rails on him for being a misogynistic pig, which gets Faran, who's also a Black woman, angry too:
    Tyler: Are you trying to win the award for angriest Black woman or something?
    Faran: Shut your fucking mouth right now, Tyler, if you know what's good for you.
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • Chris Rock's character from The Dark Side with Nat X.
      Nat X: Now what kind of Man am I talking about? I'm talking about the same Man who calls all his bad children the black sheep. I'm talking about the same Man who made the black jellybean the worst-tasting candy on the face of the Earth!
    • Eddie Murphy did it first with Prof. Shabazz Morton's Black History Minute. Better remembered now for one of the few times Eddie screwed up on camera.
      Prof. Shabazz Morton: Stop clapping before y'all make me smile!"
  • Parodied in the Scrubs episode "My Roommates":
    J.D.: Come on, you two are interracial best buddies. I, too, have a black best friend. Go out, enjoy it! Celebrate your uniqueness! I can do it!
    Ron: I'm sorry. Did you just call me black? Because the last time I checked, the correct term was "African-American".
    J.D.: Well, Turk lets me call him Brown Bear.
    Ron: Who the hell is Turk?!
    J.D.: I should go. [leaves]
    Dr. Cox: Angry black man. It never disappoints.
    Ron: I pull it out when I need to.
  • Sons of Anarchy:
    • Lampshaded in an episode: Tig and Clay are planning on framing a black gang, the One-Niners for a murder they plan to commit.
      Tig: Blame it on the angry black man.
      Clay: It's the American way.
    • Generally subverted, however; the Niners are generally shown to be much more controlled and low-key than the mostly white Sons, since they are in the employ of a wealthy black businessman with ties to organised crime who keeps a firm lid on them.
  • One episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! looked at reparations and how some African Americans and minorities, angry at the real and perceived crimes committed against them and demanded money. But the show also had angry black men who were opposed to compensation because it comes across as, "I'm weak because of my race" up to and including an African proud of Confederate soldiers being men who had answered the call and served even if it was over slavery.
  • Played with in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Titus is pudgy, middle-aged, and incredibly flamboyant, making him utterly unintimidating. But when he needs to get rid of a group of white teenagers, he simply shouts (apropos of nothing) "What'd you just call me?!" They immediately scatter in fear.

  • Parodied in 1974 by Flo & Eddie on "Livin in the Jungle":
    Death to Whitey, po' white trash
    Kick his ass, smoke his hash
    Ball his woman, ball his son
    Death to whitey... right on!

    Video Games 
  • Saints Row: Warren "Easy Money" Williams constantly butts heads with his boss, Benjamin King, largely due to the fact that he sees King "sticking his nose up them white boy asses" at city hall as a waste of time and proposes directly attacking Saints Row every time the Vice Kings suffer a setback. King tries to point out that working with men like Richard Hughes grants the Kings an advantage over other street gangs, and that they can't start a war every time someone challenges them, but Warren is deaf to his arguments.
    Warren: Great, now we got yo' cracka ass friends trippin'! Like I said, fuckin' with City Hall is a waste of time!
    King: Wrong. Workin' with them is what gives us power.
    Warren: Yo, fuck that! (displays his gun) This is what gives us power!
    King: Get the fuck out of my office.
  • Cobra of Wing Commander is a really angry black woman who hits all the right notes of this trope, directing her anger at friend and foe alike. She was taken by the Kilrathi when ten and kept in a slave labor camp for ten years, so instead of lashing out at the white man, she wants every Kilrathi dead.
  • Wolfenstein:
    • J in Wolfenstein: The New Order is one of these among the Kreisau Circle. He initially treats Blazkowicz dismissively and tells him that the United States was no better than the Nazis since both practiced systemic racism and that many Americans practically jumped into the waiting arms of the Nazis when the United States surrendered, to the point of calling Americans the "Nazis before the Nazis". Blazkowicz...does not take this well at first, but both warm up to each other as they fight together, and despite the racial differences, he is close friends with Wyatt and later B.J.
    • Grace Walker is the female version of this trope in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, picking up where J left off by touching on the racial tensions of mid-20th century America and adding in issues on sexism to the mix just to be thorough. As with J, through her encounters with B.J. and fighting alongside him, she becomes one of Blazkowicz's Fire-Forged Friends by the end of the game.

    Web Original 
  • Like the Oz example, Tacoma from Demo Reel is a slow-burning version. He eventually accepts being white-face because "you crackers had it coming", and tries his best to subvert the awful of Transformers (2007) when Donnie tells him to spoof it. But he's a Nice Guy too and opens up to both Donnie and Rebecca when they prove they're good people.
  • The Axis of Anarchy member Bruiser in The Guild. May be a parody because he seems less to be angry about racial issues than about, well, everything.
  • The Hatta from Neurotically Yours, an angry black squirrel, is a parody of this trope. He's commonly held to be the most offensive character on the show.
  • Survival of the Fittest:
    • Troy McCann tends to drop into this from time to time. Notably, he intentionally made himself out this way in order to be more like the rap stars he idolizes.
    • Bryant Carver of Spin-Off The Program also fits. It's actually pretty justified; the setting he's in is based entirely off of Deliberate Values Dissonance, which is basically a good example of Eagle Land type 2 with fairly extreme nationalist/xenophobic tendencies. So naturally he tends to distrust white people.
  • Whateley Universe: The Tigers are an Afro-centric martial arts club at Whateley, formed by N'Dizi in response to perceived (and probably real) racism on the part of the existing martial arts club, the Dragons. N'Dizi has basically made this trope mandatory for the members, male and female alike, though he himself seems to see women as inferior and encourages such sexism in the group.

    Western Animation 
  • Parodied in the opening for the American Dad! episode "Black Mystery Month", where a white speaker delivers an over-the-top rant, claiming that none of the students has even seen a real black person (followed by the white and black students looking at one another in confusion) and claiming that Beethoven was black.
  • Parodied in Batman: The Brave and the Bold in "Inside the Outsiders": Black Lightning, the Outsiders' resident ball o' rage, isn't angry at the world — he's merely very easily annoyed. "Sprinkles — on coffee? What are you, six?!"
  • All three of the main characters in The Boondocks: Huey, Riley, and Robert Freeman are all angry black males, albeit for differing reasons.
  • Code Monkeys has Black Steve, a ludicrously over-the-top parody of this trope, who is literally angry all the time — at white people, at his colleagues, and at inanimate objects. This trope is also balanced by giving Black Steve the most Hidden Depths out of all the other characters, usually just to play it for comedy against his stereotypical personality.
  • On Family Guy, Peter (who has swallowed a cellphone) gets a call from Quagmire, bragging about how he had sex with a black woman. Everyone can hear, so Peter ends the conversation when a black couple walks by (a little surprised, but not upset or anything). Peter explains that he didn't want to offend them, in case the man was one of those angry black men. He wasn't, until Peter started with the whole Pretty Fly for a White Guy thing, thus offending him.
  • Transcended metaphorically in early episodes of Futurama which let Bender the robot speak up on behalf of the oppressed robot class. His dissatisfaction with life on Earth sometimes mirrored real-life criticisms made by black nationalists, notably in the episode "Fear of a Bot Planet", the episode title itself an allusion to a seminal Public Enemy album.
    Bender: [at a Blernsball game] You humans are afraid of a little robot competition. You would never let a robot on the field.
    Fry: What are you talking about? I see plenty of robots out there.
    Bender: Yeah, doing crap work. Bat boys, ball polishers, and sprinkler systems. But how many robot managers are there?
    Fry: Eleven?
    Bender: Zero! [throws a bottle to the ground, and a young robot comes to clean it up] But look who's scraping up the filth. Is it a human child? I wish!
  • The Simpsons: Sideshow Raheem, afro'd former assistant of Krusty the Klown. Described by Krusty as an "angry, angry young man".

Alternative Title(s): Angry Black Man