10 Black Characters That Refused To Die First

Ah, silver screen stereotypes. Is there anything as laughable for its sheer ignorance? As a society in the year 2012, are we really pandering to these archaic preconceptions? Along with such celluloid tropes as the slutty blonde, the dumb jock and the lovable nerd/stoner, one stereotype that is perpetuated more than any other is the token black guy. And how does the black guy advance the storyline? What purpose does he/she serve? One thing is for sure, it's not to contribute to their rich cultural heritage. No, the black guy is usually the first to bite the dust, thus letting the viewer know when the killing has begun and when they should be afraid. Despite the prominence of such a ridiculously tacky (and dare I say predictable) film convention, there are those who stand up in the face of adversity. Those black characters that just refuse to die...

10. Event Horizon €“ Cooper (played by Richard T. Jones)

A spaceship that can open a portal to hell pretty much spells certain disaster for all the characters involved. In the film, a rescue team is sent to investigate the Event Horizon, an abandoned spaceship that disappeared years earlier under mysterious circumstances.

While his crewmates are slowly driven to insanity of the gouging-out-one's-own-eyeballs variety, mechanic and comic relief character, Cooper, spends most of the macabre moments floating around outside the ship. Although the film ends on an eyebrow raising note, Cooper makes it to the end with his eyeballs still firmly secured in his head.

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Ryan Lynch is a freelance journalist from the United States. He currently lives in Adelaide, Australia and writes for Adelaide-based music magazine Rip It Up. He wishes he could live like Hank Moody, but he watches too much TV and plays too many videogames to be that nonchalant.