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Black Dynamite is an 2012 Animated Adaptation of the 2009 movie Black Dynamite, which was an Affectionate Parody of Blaxploitation films, on [adult swim].

The series does not follow the same Stylistic Suck of the movie. Instead it ratchets up the silliness by mixing in supernatural, extraterrestrial, and just whacked out nonsense to its plots, largely derived from 1970s black pop culture. And plenty of Lampshade Hanging as Black Dynamite and his crew take on any threats that seek to put the black man down.

It was cancelled after a 2 season run in late 2014.

As Bullhorn would say: "This is the cartoon of the film that we love, and it provides tropes and examples there-of:"

  • Accidental Innuendo: When the heroes escape from the gay bash and make it back to the whorephanage, the orphans are quick to tell Black Dynamite of their Home Alone-esque antics with the clown BD and co. hired to entertain the children, which include hitting him with dildos and KY jelly. invoked
  • Affectionate Parody: Of blaxploitation films, just like the actual movie.
  • Alternate Continuity: Characters who were killed off in the movie like Bullhorn and Cream Corn are alive and well here.
  • Always Someone Better: Black Dynamite has this belief about O.J. Simpson, as he always seemed to best our hero in school, whether it be in spelling bees or football.
  • Anachronism Stew: Although set in The '70s, the exact year it's set is very muddled, with the plot drawing from events and pop culture from The '60s to The '90s. Richard Nixon is still in office, Roots is just premiering, Richard Pryor is debuting on the Sunset Strip, and so on. The constant Historical In-Jokes referencing events decades in the future don't make things any clearer.
  • Animesque: The animation style is particularly influenced by Adult Swim's other black Animesque show, The Boondocks. The second season even has an intro animated by Studio TRIGGER.
  • Ass Shove: Leroy Van Nuys kills a pimp named Lucky Charms by shoving a wad of bills up his ass.
    Leroy: "You screwed me out of 10 Grand. Now I'm gonna screw you WITH 10 grand" *Violates Lucky Charms with a gigantic wad of bills*
    Lucky Charms: "I'm seeing Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons, Green Clovers, Blue Diamonds... and a white light."
    • Little Orphan Arnold does this to Mr. Drummond with a rocket launcher.
  • A-Team Firing: Lampshaded in "Apocalypse This!" when the rest of the A-Team shows up at the end of the episode and tries to recruit Mr. T, saying they'll travel as mercenaries and give minor injuries to bad guys.
  • Badass Boast: When Black Dynamite sees the Player's Ball Express is in trouble while he is nauseated with the flu, he tries to muster up one of these, but right near the end...
    Black Dynamite: What they need is a man. A man who knows how to save everybody onboard that train, even though they thought they could have a good time without him, and that man's name is Black— (gags) Black— (gags again) Black Dyna--
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: The Halloween episode has Black Dynamite hire John Wayne Gacy as a babysitter for the orphans, who proceeds to get his ass thoroughly kicked by the children he was planning on murdering.
  • Bat Deduction: In "Bullhorn Nights", Black Dynamite deduces the identity of a serial killer by looking at the meal on his plate and essentially BSing his way to the solution. He is, of course, correct.
  • Been There, Shaped History: BD & co. are a lesser example, having at one point or another interacted with figures such as Richard Pryor, Richard Nixon, Mr. T, Elvis Presley, and O.J. Simpson.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Taken almost literally with the show's version of Michael Jackson, who turns out to be a half-alien hybrid conceived on Earth with the goal of facilitating a planetary invasion.
  • Better than Sex: Bullhorn says this about working in the porno industry. The contradiction here is certainly intentional.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In this universe, the rumors of Mr. Rogers being a hardened soldier are completely true. However, he was originally a medic rather than a sniper and only went into frenzies to protect children.
  • Big Damn Heroes: At the end of Bullhorn Nights, right as Bullhorn is about to be killed by the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Pumas, BD and co. (disguised as members of the former) open fire on his assailants, and the four work together to finish off the rest of them.
  • Big "NO!": Played for Laughs
    Honey Bee: You missed little orphan Willis's birthday party!
    Black Dynamite: Not little orphan Willis's birthday party! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! *Dramatic Pause* How was it?
    Honey Bee: It was good.
  • Black Comedy: No pun intended. This is an [adult swim] show after all.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Inverted in Honky Kong when South African poacher Boer Afrikaaner gets eaten by a wolverine.
    • Appropriately lampshaded as well.
  • Black Is Bigger in Bed: A Running Gag throughout the series - black characters hit Gag Penis level, while white characters (even giant gorillas) have a Teeny Weenie at most.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Though it's not so much who's saying it that's borrowed as it is who it's being said to.
    Mister Drummond: (just moments before being launched into the top of a stadium) Little orphan Arnold... you ain't shit.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Constantly. BD's revolvers seem to fire more than 20 shots each. Enemy weapons also seem to hold more bullets than realistically possible if the plot calls for it.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When Honky Kong is on the brink of death, Honey Bee has this to say about him:
    Honey Bee: I ain't into big, white gorillas, or little dicks, or little dicks on big gorillas, or little dicks in general, but if I was, I'd choose you.
    • The mysterious motherfucker trying to get Black Dynamite to swim tells him to conquer his fear of failing by thinking of things BD doesn't fail at; this includes "fighting, fucking, and fucking and fighting."
    • The child protective service bitch tries to get Cream Corn to turn tricks so the whorephanage passes an inspection; Cream Corn replies thusly:
    "First of all, hell. Second of all, no. Thirdly, hell no!"
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Upon realizing Bullhorn is one of only two black porn stars left with a black porn star Serial Killer on the loose:
    Black Dynamite: With a stinger that intense, it's GOTTA be important!
  • Brick Joke:
    • In "The Shit That Killed the King"', Basehead establishes that he can get into any place by virtue of being a basehead, demonstrated by exiting the Oval Office and showing up to the right of Nixon. At the end of the episode, the camera cuts to the outside of Graceland...
    Basehead: POOF!
    • In "Apocalypse This!" or 'For The Pity Of Fools' AKA 'Flashbacks Are Forever!", Black Dynamite tells Cream Corn to grow some hair on his nuts, referring to the fact that he's acting like a coward in the middle of a firefight, and he needs to man up. At the end of the episode, CC pulls out a single curly pubic hair and tells him he finally started growing hair on his nuts.
    • In A Crisis For Christmas; or The Dark Side of the Dark Side of the Moon: When O.J. Simpson gets plowed by a comet while trying to stay clear of BD:
    • In "American Band Standoff", James Brown talks to Don Cornelius in the form of gibberish that sounds like scat singing. At the end, as Cornelius thanks James for living up to an agreement they made earlier in the episode, he briefly uses the same gibberish James used in the first conversation.
  • Broken Aesop: Constantly Played for Laughs. It's even inverted in the Christmas episode when the orphan who requested a moon rock stated that he and the other orphans learned their lesson and appreciate what they had. BD responds by taking back the moon rock and going to flush it down the toilet because they didn't show any appreciation for the rock itself and the hard work he went through to get it.
  • Call-Back:
    • There's a callback to the frog-dick face slap from the pilot. Cream Corn even mentions when it happened to him.
    • The animation of the episode switches from the current animation style to that of the pilot at times.
    • From Black Jaws, Cream Corn calls out Black Dynamite's claim of not being able to swim by an earlier episode when he saved Cream Corn in a river in Vietnam; BD handwaves it off by claiming "that was last season."
    • Basehead demonstrates his ability to teleport out of nowhere again in Warriors Come Out after first showing it in Weekend at Presley's.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Sean Connery!James Bond ends up getting into a fistfight with Roger Moore!James Bond when they meet each other in the same casino.
  • Characterization Marches On: The show expands somewhat on almost every featured major character. In particular, Honey Bee has acquired Action Girl status.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Parody: In-Universe, Bullhorn stars in the world's first interracial porn: Willy Wanker and the Chocolate Fucktory.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The Head Ninja in Charge in Jackson Five Across Yo' Eyes ends up playing a crucial role.
  • Children Are Innocent: Mr. Rogers has this mindset about children, and will kill people in front of them to defend it; though in his defense, the higher-ups at PBS wanted to make a spin-off of Mister Rogers' Hood rife with gangbanger puppets and sell them cocaine, which was went sent him over the edge.
    • In the same episode, Black Dynamite was trying to arrange a birthday party for the orphans, and did everything he could not to remind them of their lost parents. This started with avoiding any baby or mommy dolls, but then escalated to avoiding Stretch Armstrong (who would remind them of the hugs they never got) or Simon toys (which would teach them to remember things, like their dead parents).
    Black Dynamite: (Hanging up a "Happy Birthday" banner) "Now see, this can't say birthday. We can't have the orphans thinking about how they was once birthed, 'cuz that will remind them of their mama's vagina, which is connected to a mama." (Takes "Birth" off the banner) "Better. Although now that I think of it, each of those orphans was born on a day." (Takes "Day" off the banner) "Hmm... do y'all think happy is too close to pappy?"
    • By the end of the episode, he's learned that the orphans are old enough not to be bothered by those vague reminders... so he goes the opposite extreme, and gets each orphan a present directly related to how they were orphaned. Like a toy car the exact same make and model that Little Orphan Willis' parents crashed in.
    Black Dynamite: "And Little Orphan Stevie, we got you a pair of track shoes to remind you of how quick your daddy ran out of your life!"
  • Chirping Crickets: Lampshaded.
    Black Dynamite: "Now who wants to help Black Dynamite spruce up this Douglas Fir?"
    *Cricket chirps*
    Black Dynamite: "I'm beginning to think that me and that cricket are the only ones with Christmas spirit. What gives?"
  • Christmas Episode: A Crisis For Christmas
  • Clothing Combat: Black Dynamite and Mr. Rogers face off using the ancient art of Cardigan Kung-Fu.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Who else but Richard Pryor?
    • Also how Moms Mabley manages to defeat Bill Cosby and foil his plan to whitewash black entertainment.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When Elvis is sent to get rid of Black Dynamite, he ends up picking a fight with BD and has his ass promptly handed to him.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Played pretty straight with Leroy Van Nuys. Almost none of him is organic anymore.
    Leroy: "That's why none o' y'all can compete, 'cause a real pimp, ain't got no heart"
  • Cyborg: Again, Leroy Van Nuys.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Played straight, Lampshaded and finally averted in That Seed of Kurtis. Kurtis the Frog's son comes for revenge after seeing Black Dynamite kill his father as a tadpole. Black Dynamite's own father stops him from killing said son as he has tadpoles of his own and the cycle will never end if it doesn't stop there.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Both invoked and Defied by Black Dynamite's own father. He acknowledges that Black Dynamite grew into a better man than Reverend Dynamite could raise him into because BD had Kurtis the Frog as a role model instead, but he also apologizes as that fact doesn't make his abandoning his son an okay thing to do.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: When Black Dynamite interrogates a ninja, he asks said ninja what Fiendish Dr. Wu's doing and what he's up to. Lampshaded by the ninja:
    Ninja: Wait, if I tell you what he's doing, then why do I have to tell you what he's up to? That's like the same thing!
    • And the Ninja in question is called "Head Ninja In Charge".
    • In another episode, Black Dynamite responds to a report of a murderous killing.
  • Destination Defenestration: Come second season, Black Dynamite has a tendency to kick people out of windows.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: While Mr. Rogers is indeed a Friend to All Children, he's also a brutal lunatic who ends up "protecting" them by turning them into his own private army.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Racer Rex in "The Race War". Justified in that they were Wacky Racing.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Black Dynamite works over Eartha K.I.T.T.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: "They're a bit tied up at the moment... 'cause I tied 'em up."
    • Might be necessary actually, considering 'they' were Klansmen and you know what they used to do with rope and black people ...
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: Poor Cream Corn gets violated by the elderly CPS worker. At least he managed to keep the Whorephanage open.
  • Dual Wielding: The Soviet Cosmonaut Chimp was appropriately carrying a hammer and a sickle.
  • Either/Or Title
  • Ejection Seat: Eartha K.I.T.T. has one installed for the passenger seat. CIA Agent and Third-Generation Inventor George Washington Carver the 3rd A.K.A. "G" didn't even know what the button did, and he knew everything about the car. BD innocently pressed it, and out he went.
  • Enemy Mine: At the end of Bullhorn Nights, the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Pumas (Black Panthers was already copyrighted) forming a temporary ceasefire in order to stop the first black-on-white porn film from being made.
    • Also, BD's gang and Fiendish Dr. Wu's ninjas team up to take on Michael Jackson and his fellow aliens in the first episode.
  • Enfant Terrible: Michael Jackson, who is, according to the show, actually a half-alien who intends for his race to overtake the planet.
  • Escort Episode: One episode has Black Dynamite & co. escorting a cocaine-addicted Richard Pryor to the Sunset Strip, while the IRS is busy hunting him for $60 thousand in unpaid taxes.
  • Freudian Excuse: Leroy Van Nuys definitely.
    Leroy Van Nuys: When I was drowning in a sink full of pimp juice turning blue and not breathing... y'all thought I was dead. Then, when my momma left her pimp and he blasted out my chest with his shotgun... y'all thought I was dead. Then when I needed that kidney transplant and all the pimps was matching donors but nobody gave me one and y'all stuck my ass in a box and put me in the ground... y'all thought I was dead. But guess what? Leroy Van Nuys is alive. The opposite of what y'all about to be... Dead.
  • Funny Background Event: Black Dynamite hates to be interrupted when jumping rope. He states this when Honey Bee walks in, and again to the Chief, without stopping jumping rope. He had to state this to the Chief in a phone call conversation, picking up the phone and putting it down... without stopping jumping rope.
  • Gag Penis: Ringo Mandingo has one close to a meter at least. And when it was dismembered in his murder it was how Bullhorn recognized that Cousin Ringo was the victim.
  • Gasshole: This is a temporary side-effect of eating one of Elvis' peanut-butter-bacon-banana-pancake-batter-and-butter sandwiches.
  • Gladiator Games: The Hunger Pain Games, in which rich white people abduct black orphans and force them to fight each other to the death for food.
  • Government Drug Enforcement: Played with, parodied and hilariously subverted all at once. Richard Nixon approved a program that made inexpensive quality drugs available to The Black Community to try and make it self-destruct. Problem is, the drugs were so inexpensive and high quality that everyone in The Black Community ended up selling them to suburban white drug addicts for enormous profits, enough to even fund a Community Festival.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Amazon Moon Bitches.
  • Groin Attack: Several in season 2's Halloween episode.
  • Guns Akimbo: Black Dynamite often wields revolvers in this manner.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Michael Jackson is one; being half-human, half-MamaseMamasaMamacusa.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Black Dynamite makes Elvis Presley genuinely see what an ass he's been, and breaks into song to show his appreciation of how stealing music from black people made him who he is.
    • Several villains forgo this trope. Namely Michael Jackson and That Bastard Kurtis.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle / Strong Family Resemblance: Lampshaded by Black Dynamite's father after the two are reunited after an entire lifetime.
    Holy ****! You still have the same mustache you had when you were eight years old!
    • Bullhorn inherited his mustache. From his mother.
  • Historical Domain Character: The show features Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, John Wayne Gacy, J. Edgar Hoover, Bob Marley, James Brown, Richard Pryor, Mohammed Ali, Howard Cosell, and Fred Rogers, to name a few. It's even revealed that one of the orphans at the Whorephanage is named Lil' Orphan Rodney King.
  • Historical In-Joke: Even more so than the movie, with strong doses of Refuge in Audacity.
    • Jackson Five Across Yo' Eyes depicts Michael Jackson's post-plastic surgery pale face and hair as being his actual Half-Human Hybrid form, and hilariously has Michael framing Joe Jackson for the childhood abuse.
      • Jackson's distinctive "Shamone" catchphrase is also explained as a constant reminder of the Jackson brother whom he beat to death.
    • In Taxes and Death when BD and his crew are searching for Richard Pryor they enlist the help of Paul Mooney to track him down, during which they suddenly see a basehead running and screaming while on fire and they give chase to him. After Mooney sedates him with blowgun darts laced with cocaine, vodka tonic and white woman saliva BD stomps out the fire literally... only to find out the basehead wasn't Richard Pryor.
    • A Crisis For Christmas: O.J. Simpson is brooding at the Whorephanage after having ditched Black Dynamite on the rocket, remembering BD's statement that O.J. would go to the moon for the White Man. Angrily vowing to no longer kow-tow to the White Man, O.J. takes a carving knife and stabs a Christmas turkey prompting a Foreshadowing caution from Bullhorn:
    Bullhorn: O.J. you better be careful with that knife, or one day you might write a book about how you allegedly took some white bitch's life!
    • The Shit That Killed The King: After Elvis Presley collapses dead at Roscoe's, Honey Bee comes up with a plan to move the King's body back to Graceland and make it look like he died of an overdose there in order to prevent The N-Bomb from being dropped on The Black Community. Except in a Not His Sled moment, it turns out Elvis didn't die but just fell into one of his apparently periodic temporary comas.
  • Hookers and Blow: Instead of using the funding money to buy and maintain equipment for Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, the PBS executives instead spend it on prostitutes, cheap alcohol, and lavish parties. The reveal of this coupled with them trying to convince Mr. Rogers to market to children, including a very inappropriate segment on his show, causes Rogers to snap.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: A ninja accompanying Black Dynamite on a trip to Michael Jackson's father gives us this little tidbit.
    Head Ninja In Charge: Ninjas do wrong to each other sometimes, and in that way, the force of the earth comes around the moon, and at that presence, the dirt, it overshadows the grass, so you like "I can't cut this grass; there's no sun coming through." So in order to enable each other, the two fruits have to look each other in the eye, understand we can only be ripe as the ripe is wrong. You know what I mean?
    Black Dynamite: Man, I never thought I'd see the day when the only person talking any sense was a damn ninja.
    • According to one youtube commenter, what it really means is: "sometimes we make mistakes, our mistakes can make things harder for our comrades. We must look each other face-to-face and understand that these mistakes are part of growing, and forgive our comrade. In so doing, both parties become more mature."
    • Alternatively; "Sometimes we let ourselves get guided by petty things and then the bad seems to overshadow the good, so you can't act like a friend. So in order to help each other, we have to come together and discuss things and realize that prospering only ourselves is wrong."
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Mr. T loves to cook humans with his special barbecue sauce.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy Lampshaded by the "Frogs of Islam", a whole gang of Kurtis the Puppet's biological children who surrounded Black Dynamite and the others in an enclosed room and opened fire at point black. When the firing stopped, they spelled out "WE MISSED" in bullet holes on the brick wall behind them.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: BD discusses how Bullhorn, himself, and Cream Corn can "appreciate" everything Honey Bee does at the Whorephanage while still enjoying their Sunday. BD mentions how one plan wouldn't work because Honey Bee wouldn't buy it, right before asking Honey Bee if she would buy it. She just stands there with an unamused look on her face.
    • BD himself becomes victim when everyone at Roscoe's starts discussing who should represent the Black Race in the Race War.
  • I'm Thinking It Over!: In "That's Influenza, Sucka!", Black Dynamite realizes that the only way to stop the train is to have everyone throw their jewelry into the furnace. When they all hesitate, he asks them if they'd rather die and one of them says "Damn it, would you let a pimp think?"
  • Ink-Suit Actor: All of the main characters are voiced by the actors who played them in the film, and look like them accordingly. In the season 2 opener, Samuel L. Jackson voices a character who has his exact facial likeness, but has grey hair and beard.
  • Insane Troll Logic: How Black Dynamite deduces who murdered Ringo Mandingo in Bullhorn Nights.
    • It also saves everyone on board the Player's Ball Express when it's close to plummeting off a cliff.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Just like in the movie, BD STILL refers to Vietnamese people as Chinese.
    Black Dynamite: "Wait, you brought me back to the Chinese jungles of Vietnam for some fucking barbecue sauce!?"
    • He refers to the Japanese racers as Chinese as well in The Race War; or Big Black Cannon, Balls Run!
  • Ironic Echo Cut: Black Dynamite is chatting up a woman who works at a fast-food chicken restaurant. When asked, the woman hesitates to tell Black Dynamite the chicken's secret recipe. Cut to: Black Dynamite's bedroom, where the woman is hilariously reciting the ingredients during sex with Black Dynamite.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: When Honey Bee is having trouble with the orphans, Black Dynamite suggests punching them in the throat. Honey Bee says that she could never hurt the orphans, but when a ball hits her she says "Little Orphan Arnold! I'm gonna punch you in the throat."
  • Interspecies Romance: It seems like after being fed up with how the whorephanage treats her, Honey Bee plans on starting one with Honky Kong. Subverted by Honky Kong, who just wants some lovemaking done.
  • Kiai: Black Dynamite himself shouts "SOOEEEY!" whenever he's laying a beatdown.
  • King Kong Copy: Honky Kong is a gigantic white gorilla with a Teeny Weenie who falls for Honey Bee, complete with carrying her up a tower while fighting biplanes.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Overlaps with Brick Joke. After OJ Simpson betrays Black Dynamite and leaves him for dead in space, Black Dynamite lands on the moon and throws a moon rock at the earth while cursing OJ's name. OJ in the meantime, claims all the glory for being a NASA hero. Black Dynamite manages to get back home just in time to see the moon rock crash through the roof of the Whorephanage and knock OJ out. Black Dynamite even mentions it's the very same rock he threw right before he left the moon.
  • Left the Background Music On: When the supposed shark starts preying on people having fun in the water, the scene is rife with tense music, at least until Black Dynamite glares at a random man on the beach playing the cello. Turns into a Brick Joke once the real shark comes along, and everyone's staring at the man to resume his work, which he soon does.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When BD & company fly to Vietnam, an establishing shot shows a helicopter flying over the fields while "Ride of the Valkyrie" plays in the background. As the camera zooms into the helicopter, we hear Bullhorn and the others are singing along with the background music.
  • Leitmotif: DY-NO-MITE! DY-NO-MITE!
  • Magical Negro: Played with. Richard Nixon thinks that Basehead is one (even referring to the trope by name) and hopes that he'll help foil Black Dynamite's crew after he suddenly shows up in the Oval Office to complain about how the government released too high quality drugs for too cheap a price. Basehead responds that he's just a crackhead though.
    • Dr. Yakub, for being the only black individual in a parallel white ecosystem he himself created (and thus "The Man" by default).
  • Man on Fire: In Taxes and Death, a basehead gets caught on fire while doing cocaine; Black Dynamite mistakes said basehead as Richard Pryor.
    • Pryor ends up on fire for a short moment near the end, though.
  • Meat-O-Vision: Little orphan Arnold starts seeing his brother as a slice of pound cake, his hunger slowly getting to him.
  • Megaton Kick: Black Dynamite has some serious leg power; enough to send people across the street or hundreds of feet into the air.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Black Dynamite and Cream Corn infiltrate the Vietnamese village disguised as a camel. Cream Corn points out that there are no camels in Vietnam. Hilariously, the villagers do not seem to notice this.
    • The same episode had an anaconda in Vietnam, even though anacondas are all native to South America. This may have been intentional, though.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: After the whorephanage's children are all adopted, Black Dynamite tries to fill the void by playing with children whose parents are still alive; said children are less then enthused when this stranger drives up to them in a Cadillac and offers them candy.
  • Mister Seahorse: Michael Jackson attempts to turn Cream Corn into this via impregnating him with thousands of alien babies.
  • Mood Whiplash: An example in Taxes and Death; whilst in jail, Richard Pryor pours his heart out to Black Dynamite, saying how being a comedian isn't all it's cracked up to be, and how he has some serious things to say, but nobody will listen to him. Once the monologue's over, though...
    Police Officer: Pryor, Richard! Dynamite, Black! You made bail!
    (Pryor, seeming to have forgotten his troubles, leaps out of Black Dynamite's arms and begins strutting out of the jail cell)
    Richard Pryor: We bad; we bad!
  • Mushroom Samba: In Panic on the Player's Ball Express Black Dynamite overdoses on flu medicine and starts hallucinating that he's in his own bloodstream and that all the enemies are bits of the flu virus he came down with.
  • My Brain Is Big: Yakub, the main villain of Honky Kong.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Trouble on Puppet Street
      • Bullhorn gouges out one of the puppets' eyes just like how Black Dynamite did in the movie.
      • Black Dynamite mirrors his "I was an orphan" line from the movie, but this time says "I was a children.".
    • Bullhorn Nights; or Murder She Throats
      • A boom mic guy lowers a mic too close to Black Dynamite's head like in the movie, though this was an in-universe example, not an example of Special Effects Failure.
      • Black Dynamite goes through the Insane Troll Logic scene at Roscoe's like he did in the movie.
    • A Crisis For Christmas: or The Dark Side Of The Dark Side Of The Moon
    • Panic on the Player's Ball Express; or That's Influenza Sucka!
      • Crenshaw Pete- He of the Hot-Ass Coat Hangars- is one of the guests at the Player's Ball.
      • Captain Kangaroo was another guest at the Player's Ball. And he's the first one killed by Leroy Van Nuys in an aversion of Black Dude Dies First.
      • Leroy Van Nuys reveals himself properly with the same Leitmotif as was used for Fiendish Dr. Wu in the movie.
    • The Shit That Killed The King; or Weekend at Presley's
      • Richard Nixon still seems to be Black Dynamite's archnemesis.
    • Apocalypse, This!; or For the Pity of Fools; a.k.a. Flashbacks Are Forever
      • While flying to Vietnam, Cream Corn mentions how he hates being in the helicopter because he has this recurring nightmare of a helicopter he's in exploding, and then Black Dynamite yelling "CREAM CORN, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!", exactly how he dies in the movie.
      • When Black Dynamite is "discreetly" asking around the village if anyone had seen his friend Larry Tureaud, he runs into the "Chinese" boy he met back during the Vietnam War. The boy is about to tell him about Tureaud when he gets killed by a thrown Ka-bar knife.
    • Honky Kong or White Apes Can't Hump
      • BD vehemently lashes out at Euphoria for talking back to him, telling her to get a hot cup of SHUT THE FUCK UP. Bullhorn, Cream Corn, and all the hos were stunned silent before BD remembered himself and continued on with the conversation.
    • The Race War; or Big Black Cannon, Balls Run!
      • Black Dynamite tells someone to sit down while the grown-ups are talking.
      • Fiendish Dr. Wu and his crew are driving the Chinese car. Also, they were the ones responsible for the Menthol-X being missing and were going to sell it to B.I.G. Tobacco, like how Fiendish Dr. Wu made the dick-shrinking chemical for the government in the movie.
    • That Seed of Kurtis AKA Father Is Just Another Word For Motherf***er
      • During Rev. Dynamites service, one of the pimps says the line "but Rev. Dynamite, we sell hoes to the community," echoing one of the more famous lines from the movie.
    • Sweet Bill's Badass Singalong Song or Bill Cosby Ain't Himself
      • After Black Dynamite interrupts an act at a comedy club, the rest of the patrons are waiting for him to try his hand at stand-up, with which BD references one of his lines from the movie:
    "So I said to the chinaman, 'I threw that shit before I walked in the room!'"
    • Mister Rogers' Revenge or Please Don't You Be His Neighbor
      • The same theme used in Leroy Van Nuys' reveal is later used while Mr. McFeely is telling Black Dynamite about his time with Mr. Rogers.
    • American Band Standoff or The Godfather of Soooul Train or Get On Your Goodfellas
      • The music used in the dance-off at the end of the episode is the same theme used in the movie, during Black Dynamite's slugfest at the Hip Pocket.
    • In Black Jaws, Samuel L. Jackson's character dies mid pep talk just like in Deep Blue Sea.
  • Neck Snap: Black Dynamite forces Mr. Rogers to accept himself for who he is, just as he taught children to do to others; unfortunately, once he realizes he's an adult, he wraps his beloved cardigan around his throat and does the job. Somehow, he survives, but still.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The show practically runs on it:
    • Half-alien pop stars!
    • Machine gun wielding IRS assassins!
    • Amazon Moon Bitch Orphans!
    • Killer Soviet Space Monkey!
    • Cyborg Zombie Pimp!
    • Albino King Kong!
    • Militant Islamic Frog Muppets!
    • Transvestite Street Gangs!
    • Horny zombie johns!
    • Black Dynamite himself is giving a moniker along these lines; being called a "revolutionary pimp vigilante antihero" in one episode.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Averted. This series uses actual celebrities and politicians who were prominent in the 1970s.
  • Not Quite Dead: In Weekend at Presley's Elvis Presley is mistaken for dead after he takes a bite out of an exceptionally unhealthy sandwich. He later wakes up and explains that he's prone to falling into comas for long periods of time.
  • Nutritional Nightmare: Competitive eater Thick James has eaten so much soul food over his life that he drops dead during an eating contest. His corpse is so fatty and unhealthy that it kills Black Jaws within seconds.
  • N-Word Privileges:
    • Parodied with the ninjas in the first episode, who use the word "ninja" as a euphemism for the n-word proper; whereas Black Dynamite and co. are fine using ninja in that context, a white police officer who uses it gets beat up.
    • Black Dynamite mentions that Elvis being found dead in The Black Community would give Nixon justification to drop "The N-Bomb" on the black community, the one word that cannot be said on TV. It is strongly implied that the United States government actually weaponized the N-Word.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Basehead has this ability due solely to being a basehead.
  • Once Per Season: Black Dynamite fighting off multiple copies of a single black person (clones of The Love Boat's Isaac in season 1's Panic on the Player's Ball Express and multiple actors portraying the Brown Hornet in season 2's Sweet Bill's Badass Singalong Song).
    • An elderly bitch from child protective services will attempt to shut the whorephanage down for countless violations, and only after accepting favors from Cream Corn (which he's non-consensual towards) does she let the whorephanage slide (season 1's Honky Kong and season 2's Diff'rent Folks, Same Strokes).
  • Off to See the Wizard: The hour long musical episode "The Wizard of Watts" or "Oz Ain't Got S&@# On The Wiz", where Black Dynamite finds himself in "A blacker version of The Wiz"
  • Overly Long Gag: Although not as beautifully long as the one from the movie proper, Bullhorn Nights has Black Dynamite solve the episode's mystery with two minutes of Insane Troll Logic.
  • Papa Wolf: Mr. Rogers. You try to ruin a child's innocence around him, you will die horribly.
    • Black Dynamite. Especially whenever the Whorephans are put in danger.
  • Parallel Porn Titles: The second episode has examples in the form of Big Trouble in Little Vagina, Ocean's Eleven Inches, and, for an example relevant to the story, Willy Wanker and the Chocolate Fucktory. The episode's title: Bullhorn Nights, or Murder, She Throats.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Black Dynamite, you ain't shit!"
  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: BD does this after he gets swallowed whole by a giant anaconda. BD is no worse for wear after the explosion, save for the entrails draped across his body.
  • Playing the Family Card:
    • In the pilot "Trouble on Puppet Street," puppet-turned-pimp That Frog Kurtis tries to convince Black Dynamite to spare him, saying that he was a role model father figure to Black Dynamite when his real father abandoned him. However, it's all just a distraction to try and pull a knife on him.
    • In the season 1 finale, Black Dynamite's father Reverent Daddy Dynamite returns after walking out 25 years ago. He immediately takes advantage of his son's desire to reconnect, crashing at his place for free and using his influence in the black community to start fleecing people.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Racer Rex, who gets lampshaded for his racism after he fires smallpox-laced blankets at the Native American racers.
  • Previously on…: Parodied. Several episodes, including the series premiere, start with a Previously on… that fills us in on the storyline leading into the current episode, but all of it is made up and has absolutely nothing to do with the actual last episode that aired.
    • Actually played straight in That Seed of Kurtis AKA Father is Just Another Word for Motherf***er!, referring back to the events that transpired with Kurtis the puppet in the pilot episode.
  • Produce Pelting: Apparently, BD's crew don't make for good substitute actors.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In Taxes and Death, while an IRS agent is bringing up the Hydra Problem that comes with fighting the IRS:
    IRS agent: (while BD & co. are walking away from him) And do you know what one-hundred-twenty-eight times two is? Two-hundred-and-fifty-six! ALL! UP! IN! YOUR! ASS, BLACK DYNAMITE!
  • Quarter Hour Short: The initially-unaired pilot is this. Every other episode is a half-hour.
  • Race Lift: Yakub has a device that extracts the Black out of subjects which he used to whiten the entire population of Patmos as well as kidnapped black celebrities; he also tried to turn Black Dynamite into White Dynamite. Fortunately Honey Bee (with Honky Kong in tow) came to the rescue. During the commotion Yakub ends up getting zapped by the device and turned white himself.
  • Race Tropes: The Race War ran on this and takes it to extremes.
  • Raging Stiffie: Every man in town when all the hoes go on vacation and they're left unsatisfied. They get so horned up they become like zombies.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Black Dynamite regards Dennis Flynn as this, calling him "The only cool cracker cop I ever worked with in the CIA!"
  • Refuge in Audacity: Quite a lot of things in the series, but special mention goes to the Amazon Moon Bitches, whose home base was shaped like a pregnant woman laying on her back with her legs spread open. The censored hole in between the legs was a Wave-Motion Gun designed to destroy the Earth.
  • Revolvers are Just Better: Black Dynamite uses these frequently.
  • Running Gag
    • Black Dynamite will be interrupted in the middle of something every episode.
    • Whenever someone gets hurt or screwed over by Black Dynamite, they will say, "Black Dynamite, you ain't shit!"
    • Roscoe still serves meals consisting of questionable combinations (turkey necks and muffins, jell-o and grits, etc.).
    • In Get Him to the Sunset Strip, Richard Pryor commenting on unfortunate happenings with "...Motherfucker."
      • On a similar note, Sun Tzu's advice on Panic on the Player's Ball Express normally concluding with "... when you have the flu."
    • Don Cornelius falling asleep in the middle of his lines in American Band Standoff.
  • Sequel Episode: The last episode of season 1 "Seed of Kurtis" serves as a sequel to the pilot episode "Trouble on Puppet Street".
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: This plays a key role in one episode; Black Dynamite's flashbacks and nightmares about being in Vietnam are what drive him to go back to rescue his war partner, Mr. T.
  • Shout-Out: See here.
  • Shown Their Work: Surprisingly- given the show, Honky Kong's micro-penis is this since gorillas have very small penises compared to humans.
    • In That Seed of Kurtis just as BD goes to kill That Bastard Kurtis, Rev. Dynamite notices two tadpoles in his shoes and tells BD that if he kills Kurtis they will end up in the same situation 13 weeks later which is roughly the amount of time it takes a tadpole to become an almost mature frog.
    • Though its range is unrealistic, what does BD use to go from the clearly Mir-inspired Soviet space station to the Moon? Why, the Lunniy Korabl from the unsuccessful N1 Rocket.
  • Space Whale Aesop: At the end of Bullhorn Nights, we get two from Cream Corn and Honey Bee; respectively, "Never mix pornos and friendships" and "Don't fuck with a white bitch, or you'll end up dead."
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the movie, everyone who wasn't Black Dynamite or female all died, but here they're still alive and given that Status Quo Is God so far, it's unlikely they will die.
    • Also inverted in the case of Captain Kangaroo Pimp, who was grabbed by Leroy Van Nuys' Isaacbots and shoved headfirst into the furnace of the Player's Ball Express. Also, Crenshaw Pete.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Black Dynamite finds a monkey cosmonaut onboard an abandoned Soviet station, and understands everything that he says, including how the monkey ended up getting abandoned in space in the exact same method by the Soviet space agency as that MASA did to Black Dynamite.
    Black Dynamite: Well that's amazing monkey cause you didn't even know I needed any rocks!
  • Spirit Advisor: When Black Dynamite comes down with the flu, Sun Tzu pops up and starts offering advice to him. He even takes the keys to the helicopter from the police.
  • Stunned Silence: Cream Corn, Bullhorn, and all the Hos at the Whorephanage were stunned after hearing what BD threatened to do to Euphoria for backtalking to him.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Black Dynamite in the second episode of season two. When asked about the times he's swam previously, he replies "That was last season."
  • Thriller on the Express: Leroy Van Nuys' master plan to kill all the Pimps involves this.
  • Touched by Vorlons: How Michael Jackson's mother became pregnant with him.
  • Underappreciated Women's Work: In the episode "Honky Kong," Honey Bee is growing visibly annoyed at how little the guys appreciate all the work she does to take care of the whores and orphans at the Whorephanage. So, Black Dynamite suggests that they spend the day appreciating her... mainly by doing activities that Black Dynamite and the guys want to do.
  • Unexplained Recovery: This is the reason B.D.'s former commanding officer gives when B.D. tells him that his former partner was gutted and hung by his own intestinal tract during the Vietnam War.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Black Dynamite in Apocalypse, This!. He tells Dennis Flynn that Larry Tureaud had shot himself in the head and then was gutted by the Viet Cong to hang by the intestines during the Vietnam War. But later on while having a flashback BD recalls Tureaud charging the VC before being engulfed in an explosion.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Black Dynamite talking about the flu vaccinations being a plan for Big Black Genocide gets taken as one by a white girl he was sleeping with.
    Black Dynamite: 'Mandatory' and 'Free'. Sounds like a code for the B.B.G.
    White Girl: B.B.G? What's that Black Dynamite?
    Black Dynamite: Post-coital White Girl, it's a Big Black Genocide thing you wouldn't understand.
    White Girl: Oh, I thought you just gave me the Big Black Genocide.
    Black Dynamite: You damn right- waitaminute, what?
  • The Unwitting Comedian: Richard Pryor is SO hilarious, that anyone that hears him speak will laugh hysterically (except Black Dynamite, who has No Sense of Humor). It gets SO bad however, he tries to seriously threaten someone in jail, only for them to laugh in his face, not taking him seriously. He pours his heart out to Black Dynamite that he has serious things he wants to say, but nobody can ever take him seriously.
  • Verbal Tic: Bullhorn's talking in rhyme obviously.
    • That Bastard Kurtis also stutters heavily.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Honey Bee has a handful of throwing stars there in case of fight scenes.
  • Wacky Racing: The plot of The Race War, with each contestant being a representative of a different race and each car filled with stereotypical weapons.
  • Waxing Lyrical: of "Reunited" by Peaches and Herb.
    Black Dynamite: But daddy, we just reunited, and it feels so good.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Mr. Rogers; for all his talk of protecting children from the evils of the world, he more or less defeats that purpose when he hands them machine guns and orders them to gun down the ATF agents aiming to rescue them.
  • Where da White Women At?: Inverted in Honkey Kong; it's why Honky Kong took a liking to Honey Bee, and, come episode's end, a chocolate-covered Dolly Parton.
  • The Whitest Black Guy: The O.J. Simpson episode makes this into a Running Gag. Black Dynamite proclaims that he was beloved by all kinds of people: "white people, caucasians, honkeys, crackers, snowflakes," and O.J. proudly admits his desire to be an honorary white.
  • Whole-Plot Reference: Warriors Come Out takes pride in its roots from The Warriors.
  • Working Through the Cold: Black Dynamite has to put up with a bout of (ironically self-inflicted) flu while trying to save everyone on board the Player's Ball Express.
  • Would Hurt a Child: And Black Dynamite does after a kid insults him for worrying about the whorephanage's orphans.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Black Dynamite, who faces several personal dilemmas on this particular moral code when faced with a horde of transsexuals and transvestites out for his blood.
  • Yandere: Eartha K.I.T.T. towards Black Dynamite.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Black Dynamite states that if there's any white man that can be trusted to be left with children it's a Mr. Rogers White Man. Unfortunately Mr. Rogers snaps that day and turns the kids into brutal guerillas.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The aftermath of when hordes of horny johns want some action, but all the whores in the whorephanage are out on vacation.


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