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 "Who the hell is interrupting my kung fu?!"

Black Dynamite is an entirely ridiculous, over-the-top 2009 homage to the Blaxploitation films of The Seventies. Michael Jai White plays the title character, a Vietnam vet and former CIA agent who declares war on all drug dealers when his brother, a CIA informant, turns up murdered by the mob. He soon discovers that the conspiracy goes far beyond the local drug dealers and sets his sights on the masterminds behind the scheme.

Adult Swim is planning an animated series and a comic tie-in is going to be released in 2011. The first episode of the animated series is now available.


Tropes used in Black Dynamite include:

 Black Dynamite: Listen, sucka. I'm blacker than the ace of spades and more militant than you and your whole damn army put together. While you're out there chantin' at rallies and brow beatin' politicians, I'm takin' out any money-frontin' sucka on a hummer that gets in my way. So I tell you what: when your so-called "revolution" starts, you call me, and I'll be right down front, showin' you how it's done. But until then, you need to shut the fuck up when grown folks is talkin'.

    • He's even given one from Officer Nancy, the policeman investigating Jimmy's death.

 Officer Nancy: My God, men! Do you know what this means!? Do you know whose brother... this ghetto is gonna be turned upside down, I tell you, upside down! The streets are gonna run crimson with the blood of the men responsible for his brother's death. Man I'm speaking of is a veritable One-Man Army and if you get on his bad side, brother, you're done for. Now it's only a matter of time before he finds out and when he does, no matter where he is, get ready gentlemen, because hell's a comin', comin', comin', comin', comin'.

  Bullhorn: Go catch Chicago Wind before he disappears! I'll take care of this gorilla-eatin' goon here.

    • Bullhorn turns out to be too effective at holding off the mook, because he apparently pisses off the actor so badly that he attacks Bullhorn's actor and they had replace him with a new one, covered up by a hilariously sloppy cut.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: This is why the Big Bad wants to take, er, something away from the black people, in order to reduce their population.
  • Big No: After a Secret Service agent blows up the helicopter Cream Corn's in, Black Dynamite does one of these.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • The phrase that Black Dynamite heard the dying "Chinese" kid speak is actually Vietnamese for "You are full of shit."
    • The rest of the foreign dialog is Cluster F Bombs.
  • Boring Invincible Hero: Played with, as Black Dynamite easily defeats almost everyone that tries to attack him. In fact, the only one who came remotely close to defeating him was Richard Nixon. That is, until a certain former president's GHOST intervenes in the battle.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: With lyrics like "Use kung fu when he want to / have sex when he please".
  • Brick Joke: After a shootout that ruins his chili and donuts restaurant, Roscoe remarks that the odd combination wasn't working out anyway. Nearly an hour later, Creamed Corn scoffs at a waitress' ridiculous offer of chicken and waffles. Upon hearing this, Roscoe jumps up in the background, shouts "That's IT!" and runs out of the diner.
  • Cameo: Arsenio Hall, Brian McKnight, Tommy Davidson, Cedric Yarbrough. All the girls shown topless on-screen are real-life porn stars.
  • Captain Obvious: "These children are orphans, and orphans don't have parents!"
  • Casanova: Black Dynamite, who per movie tradition flirts with becoming a Ladykiller in Love by the end.
  • Character as Himself: Inverted, as the main characters are "played" by equally fictional "actors":
    • Baltimore Colts All-Star Running Back Ferrante Jones (Michael Jai White) as Black Dynamite.
    • Ebony Fashion Fair Model Tambula Qatar (Salli Richardson)as Gloria.
    • William T Michaelson (Mykelti Williamson) as Chicago Wind.
    • Ronnie Sinatra (Kevin Chapman) as O'Leary.
    • Little Tiny Tiggs (Tommy Davidson) as Cream Corn.
    • June Bug (Arsenio Hall) as Tasty Freeze.
    • Bo Willy Peters (Buddy Lewis) as Gunsmoke.
    • And me, that bad Bullhorn (Byron Minns) as Himself, making him a straight example of the trope as well.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Black Dynamite's tirade when confronting Fiendish Dr. Wu and when Bullhorn dies by his hand.

  Black Dynamite: " Bullhorn! NO! At long last, a friendship bonded by the struggle against the man has been brought to an end by KUNG-FU TREACHERY! Brother, your death will not go unavenged. FIENDISH DR. WU, YOU DONE FUCKED UP NOW!!!"

  • CIA
  • Crazy Prepared: BD already threw that shit (a boomerang) before he walked in the room!
  • C Word Privileges: During the interrogation scene, Black Dynamite keeps striking the worker for Anaconda Malt Liqour with his nunchucks everytime the latter calls Black Dynamite a coon.
  • Dead Little Brother
  • Deadpan Snarker: Black Dynamite in the hospital after being shot in the shoulder by Raffeli's hitmen.

 Black Dynamite: So how's my x-ray?

Black Dynamite's doctor: Well, no fragments. In and out. You're lucky Black Dynamite. Three inches to the left and we wouldn't even be having this conversation!

Black Dynamite: Three inches to the right, it woulda missed my black ass.

 Black Dynamite: I am smiling.

  • Pimp Duds: The scene with the pimp council, which has all the pimps seen with at least one part of the uniform (Tasty Freeze's sunglasses; Chocolate Giddy-Up's fur coat; Willie's cane; etc.).
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • When Black Dynamite encounters Richard Nixon in the White House, Nixon pulls out a pair of nunchucks and yells "Showtime, motherfucker!", though his speech becomes a minor Cluster F-Bomb afterwards.
    • Fiendish Dr. Wu pulls one as well, in chinese even. He also performs another one in English, when a Mook follows him:

  Fiendish Dr. Wu: What the fuck!? Keep your eye on Black Dynamite!

 Sarcastically, I am in charge.

  • Redshirt Army: The militia. Lampshaded by Black Dynamite himself, in response to the previous quote.

 Black Dynamite: If you were in charge, you might as well surrender to whitey right now cause your survival skills ain't worth a damn.

  • Refuge in Audacity: The film and the animated series, easily. Arguably, the viral marketing for the film did this too, setting up a fictional charity ("Fight Smack In The Orphanage") and fictional public service announcements across Youtube. One bizarre PSA had Black Dynamite appearing on a fictional 1970's children's show that warned children against drug use. The PSA's title? "Drugs Are Fun".
  • Retirony: Complete with Fatal Family Photo. Lampshaded by BD:

 Bullhorn: Man, who dare knock when I'm planning to plant my-- (Dynamite! Dynamite!)

  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Averted and subverted on different occasions. In the latter case BD apologizes afterwards. The struck woman is confused, seeing as how she was trying to shoot him to death.
  • Yellow Peril: Fiendish Doctor Wu.
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